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Be smart, stay safe

education Updated: Feb 29, 2012 13:56 IST
HT Education Correspondent

Crimes against women: Of late there have been some disturbing reports of crimes against women in Delhi and the other metros. However, while you should not get paranoid about it, we do think taking a few simple steps to ensure your safety goes a long way in ensuring peace of mind and keeping your parents happy.

1 Walking alone at night: If you are walking alone at night and feel someone’s following you, immediately make a dash for safety. See if there are other people nearby; run up to them. If things look bad, tell them someone is following you and that you need to call the police.

2 Try not to go out alone after sundown: Evening soirees and late-night movies are fine as long as you have responsible adults or friends for company and someone really reliable to drop you back home. Keep your parents informed of your whereabouts at all times. They are the only people — and not friends who encourage you to go on a booze binge — who really care for your safety.

3 Stay alert! Keep the headphones away when on a busy street with traffic. If a car follows you or drives up close, and you sense something is not quite right, cross the road immediately or turn around and start walking in the opposite direction.

4 Your dress: If waiting at a bus stop or for someone to pick you up from college, stand near or with a group of friends. While dressing up choose your clothes carefully, keeping in mind the places you are likely to visit.

5 Late night parties: Be careful about invitations to late-night parties. If it’s from someone you don’t feel very comfortable with, say a polite no.

6 Out of control: There are a few things that are wrong. Getting intoxicated, allowing a person to take pictures of you when you do not want them to, having an acquaintance persuade you to go on a blind date with someone at a ‘dicey’ place require just one response from you: A big ‘NO’.

* Police Control Room: 100
* Students’ helpline: 1091, 1291
* Anti-stalking cell: 1096 011-27894455;
SMS: 9911135446
* Anti-obscene calls cell: 1096, 27894455;
SMS: 9911135446
* DCP (crime against women cell): 26883769