Mapusa local to ‘pep up’ women’s safety drive


 In the wake of the gruesome rape and murder of the 23-year-old woman in New Delhi, a native of Mapusa working as a research scientist, will undertake a drive to spread public awareness against crimes taking place against women and for encouraging women to take care of their self defence.
Sudeep Dalvi and his friends have planned to distribute pepper spray canisters exclusively to college and office-going women at cost price, on a no-profit, no-loss basis at bus stands at Mapusa, Panaji, Margao and Ponda on January 28, 29 and 30.
"These are the four major transit points for college-going girls and working women, most frequently targeted for crimes including eve-teasing, molestation and rape," Dalvi said. The distribution drive will include practical as well as multimedia demonstrations regarding the use of pepper spray for self defence.
Canisters will be directly ordered from the respective manufacturing companies outside Goa and handed over at cost price.
"The drive is for the sake of the security and protection of the dignity of our Goan women in the wake of the dastardly rape of the Delhi girl," Dalvi said.
Dalvi has given a call for volunteers and is looking forward for a citizens' response to serve at the four towns.
A pepper spray canister looks like a aerosol body deodorant and works in a similar manner except that the spray is dangerously hot and causes a burning sensation to the skin and eyes.
It can incapacitate the enemy for 10-20 minutes, giving victims enough time to escape or deal with the situation. [TOI]