Women can follow simple tactics to either prevent an attack or minimise the extent of an attack on them, said experts.
Non-government organisations have regular workshops with women on this issue, which has made women more aware about how they can handle such precarious situations.
“It is important for women to be aware of their surroundings and keep an eye on anything unusual and watch who is sitting next to them and what they are doing. Lot of girls talk on the phone and discuss about where they are going. We hold workshops telling the girls that they should be careful,” said Nayreen Daruwalla, programme director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, from Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action (SNEHA), a not-for-profit.
It is also important not to panic when women find themselves in uncomfortable situation where they suspect a man is likely to assault them.
“If a man is trying to attack a woman, the woman should wait for the right time to attack him and prevent the assault,” said Dr Gurvinder Kalra, assistant professor of psychiatry, MGM Hospital, Navi Mumbai.
Dr Kalra has done a workshop for aanganwadi workers at Dharavi where he spoke of how women can reduce the extent to which they are assaulted in case they are already in danger.
In domestic situations too, women can keep in mind some things to minimise the harm done to them.
“We tell the women that if the husband comes to assault them, they could protect themselves by keeping a chair or some object in front of the husband. At least this can help them not get hurt,” said Daruwalla.