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Top 10 safety websites that women must know about

Check out the top 10 safety websites that women must know about.

delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2012 02:06 IST
Hindustan Times

Self-defence Instruction for women online aims is to acquaint girls with basic self-defence moves that will help them when in trouble. The goal is to help them develop a successful plan before something happens. Basic self defence moves given on the website have been designed by professionals who have years of experience in creating self-defence programs. The practical self-defence moves are specifically crafted for women/girls, who have no previous training in combatives, or martial arts. Log on to this site to learn these easy moves and stay safe.

On this website detective Kevin Coffey, an expert in travel safety and other crime avoidance advice, lists important safety measures that women should take in their daily lives. From smart safety travel tips on how to avoid date rape drugs, tips to prevent rape and escape from the rapist to a host of other safety tips from experts including women cops, the website has a comprehensive coverage of various safety issues surrounding women. The detailed presentation of these topics with subheads makes it easier for one to implement the instructions. For instance, safety tips for women travellers has sub-topics such as how to choose a hotel, how to have a safe flight, how to take care of your luggage, money and etc.

The safety tips given on this website provide you with common day to day measures that you can take to protect yourself against criminal activity. Each of the articles listing safety tips give information on real life threatening scenarios and how you can prepare yourself to ensure your safety. Having the knowledge and a pre-planned set of actions to take for as many scenarios of danger as you may face, can improve your chances of not getting victimised. Some of the articles on this website are on ATM safety, driving safety, home safety, parking lot safety, transportation safety, travel safety, vacation safety, and walking safety.

This is yet another website that should feature in a woman’s must-check list. There are a wide range of topics on women safety that are covered here. Beginning with safe dating tips, night-outs, returning home late from work, solo boating safety practices, to tips on how to be safe in unfamiliar countries, use the cell phone safely and more, there’re a host of useful tips for women. It also has a special section for single pregnant travellers. Most of these tips are handy and can help avert awkward and uncomfortable situations. Also it tells you what to do if you are being followed, if you are walking alone to your home at night, if you are out on your first date with a person you don’t know well, and more.

This website by a woman called Sera is meant for women. Though on the outset it may look like any regular website offering beauty, shopping, health and fitness tips and easy recipes but delve a little further in the tips section, and you come across interesting tips on how to stay safe at night. The website suggests you take your dog along with you, carry a weapon like pepper spray or a knife, tell someone where you are heading to, be confident etc. It also provides you with tactics to deal with burglars.

A comprehensive women safety website that gives out self-defence tips and tricks for women. The USP of the website is one new safety tip that pops up on the top right side, prompting what to do when caught in a life-threatening situation. It also has a section on domestic violence and how to deal with it. The category titled common threats enumerates all possible threats that a woman is likely to face, and ways to avoid them. It encourages readers to share their stories and ways through which they got out of a dangerous situation. It also has pictures showing self-defence methods when one is attacked.

The website has put up life-saving lessons taken from real life interactions with children’s groups, college students, civic groups, corporations, rape survivors, and veteran cops at police academies. There is also a special section on home security that creates awareness about home invasions and burglaries and also gives safety tips on how to avoid them. You will also find the inputs on safe driving, parking lot safety, and street crime tips quite useful. The real-life stories throughout this website show you how to stack the odds in your favour. You’ll also find tips on how to avoid a face-to-face encounter, control fear, and most importantly, how to outsmart them.

Women-related laws and women-centric issues are tackled in detail in this resourceful website. The online portal simplifies laws and makes women aware of their legal and safety rights. Many real life stories and legal cases with the verdict are available on the website for women to refer to and learn from them. Some interesting must-reads here are Legal Rights: Problems Faced by Working Women in India; Indian Laws: Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill. So, if you have any doubts regarding your rights and don’t know what to do, try logging into this website, and know about the your laws in details, without having to worry about tough language or incomprehensible jargon. The cases in example act as good reference points for women.

All motorists need to be careful on the highway, but female drivers of all ages, unfortunately, have to be doubly vigilant to avoid becoming victims of crimes while driving, including carjacking, sexual assault, robbery and worse. Articles on this website give tips to women on such issues so that such unwarranted incidents of carjacking, robbery, sexual assault by a passenger etc can be avoided. This website has everything that you need to know about safe commuting. Read up before you take to the roads, and be safe.

This website gives practical and helpful tips to women who are living alone or are planning to live alone for the first time. Right from choosing an accommodation to installing alarm systems, and getting to know the neighbours, the site tells you everything that you need to know about safety and security when you are on your own. You can also find information about your legal rights when it comes to taking a place on rent, dealing with the landlord and other issues related to accommodation. Detailed and simplified explanations make this website quite
user-friendly too.

Today, we tell you how you can save yourself from a person who tries to hit you with a baton. Also, cut and keep our poster on the top 10 websites dealing with women’s safety

Safety tip
If a person is coming to attack you, hold out your hands and yell “stop” or “stay back!” Most rapists look for an easy target, so they tend to leave a woman alone if she makes noise or shows that she is not afraid to fight back. Holding out a sharp object like a paper knife will also be a deterrent.

Know your rights
Have you ever been intimidated by people who were drunk in a train? According to Section 145 of the Railways Act if any person in any railway carriage commits any nuisance in a state of intoxication, then he may be removed from the train by any railway employee, and shall be punished with imprisonment up to six months and with a fine up to R500.

Where I feel unsafe
Crowded Metro stations and trains aren’t a safe haven for girls at all. Some men take undue advantage of the situation and grope and harass women. A lot of thefts also occur over here. I feel unsafe in such places.
Ruchi Jha

My story
This incident happened when I was waiting for a bus at IFFCO Chowk around 8pm, a few days ago. A guy came and stood beside me, continuously laughing and staring at me. The area isn’t well lit and usually not crowded. My bus was also not coming, and this guy just wouldn’t leave the site! Finally, I had to call for a cab. There wasn’t any a traffic policeman around also. Since the cab was taking time, I started moving towards the crossing which was better lit, but this guy started following me, making lewd gestures. I was so panic-stricken that I wasn’t able to make up my mind whether to call for help or take out my pepper spray. Fortunately, the cab arrived at that moment and I was saved. Shilpa, via Facebook (name changed)

What the expert says
“Sexual abuse happens in the most unsuspecting situation by the most unsuspecting perpetrators. Most adults, who seek therapy in later years, often express regret as to why they did not speak about their situation earlier. Talking also facilitates catharsis of pent up emotions which can often lead to guilt and feeling responsible for the abuse. I can’t surely predict how your parents will react but its important for them to face it for your psychological well being. Before you speak to your parents, talk to a counsellor, who will help you deal with the situation and communicate with your parents. Don’t feel isolated or guilty in any manner, it is not your fault whatsoever,” says Dr Deepak Raheja, psychiatrist.

How do you tackle an attacker armed with a baton?
Attacking a person with a stick is a common trick used by attackers. It happens mostly when a woman is all alone. It is a dangerous situation as the attacker can make you unconscious with one blow, and take advantage of you. But don’t worry, there’s a way out, and you can escape even a life-threatening situation such as this. Just keep your cool and follow these five practical steps to get out of there.

1) If a person tries to attack you with a baton, get close to him and block his arm with yours

2) Grab his armed hand and kick his groin with your knee while putting pressure on his nape

3) Once the attacker is in pain, twist his arm to pull the stick out of his grip

4) Once you have the stick, lock your shoulder with his, punch and push him to the ground

5) As he falls to the ground, flee from the spot as soon as you can.

Want to be part of our self-defence training programme?
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Thanks for the great response
Safety is a major concern these days for all age groups. I appreciate the step taken by you towards spreading awareness.

Akhilesh Verma
Yes, I read it daily. I like it as this is a fantastic idea to make women aware about taking precaution.

Sheetal Jain
I am happy to see that the Safe in the City campaign is creating awareness. Can we also have a section which talks about treating all girls equally and educating people, telling people that girls who are out late in the night deserve to be respected the same way, and if a girl is wearing a mini skirt, it does not mean that she’s a sl***.

Pulkit Sharma
After a long time we are getting to see a campaign with substance, zeal and extraordinary efforts. HT City is unrivalled and unparalleled.

Zeba Khan
Incredible effort HT. Kudos!

The tips were quite helpful....great going HT City.... it’s just stupendously fantastic..... The campaign will help so many women across Delhi and help them gather courage to fight against injustice which usually makes them fall prey to such morons.

Papia Dass
Awesome job, HT City!

Harpreet Dhillon
Great work HT City!! I hope through your campaign, Delhi will become a much safer city, all thanks to you guys!

Shailna Saini
An amazing step taken by HT City! Really helpful! Keep up the good work!

Vijay Rai
Dear Safe in the City campaign coordinators, many many congratulations to you for initiating this campaign.

Aarti Vasan
There is a saying in Sanskrit: “Ethra naryasthu pujyanthe, ramanthethathra devatha,”
which means, ‘God exists only where women are respected.’
I came across this saying in Sudha Murty’s ‘Wise and Otherwise’, which is an excellent read, and each vignette only urges me even more to support your campaign. Keep up the good work!! All the articles on self-defence are real eye openers and really useful!
Hats off to the HT City team.

Srishty Kaul
Kudos to HT City for bringing about this campaign!! The tips are really handy and instill a lot of confidence in all of us. I didn’t know my deodorant and water bottle that I carry to college every day are so useful. As per the advice, I keep them handy and make sure that they are within my reach at the time of need.

Arun Raheja
I salute you for taking up this
initiative, but I think that there should be safety measures for all citizens (be it men or women) because while women are unsafe or getting raped, at the same time murders are also taking place. Goons are roaming on the roads with full freedom.

Kriti Chawla
You guys are going great.!

Tanishk Juneja
Awesome work HT City to making people aware about how unsafe NCR and Gurgaon are for girls!

Navodit Chanana
Hindustan Times Safe In The City team: Take a bow! Great initiative for a great cause! No doubt this is one of the reasons for you to be the no.1 newspaper of the nation.

Nikhil Moolwani
Hindustan Time Safe in the City, it’s a great initiative to make women feel safer and the campaign is spreading awareness because nothing can be achieved without being involved in it ourselves.

Swati Dhawan
Amazed by your step towards safety of women in the city I loved your articles on safety too. I hope more women will take advantage of it.

Arushi Khanna
Well done HT City. I am proud to be a part of the campaign!

First Published: Mar 28, 2012 19:01 IST