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For as long as we can remember we have been groping for answers to deal with gropers. And nowhere more so than in India.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2013 23:35 IST
Hindustan Times
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For as long as we can remember we have been groping for answers to deal with gropers. And nowhere more so than in India.

The classical response of a stinging slap in the face would be appropriate but such is the thick skin of Indian men that they will continue their depredations or slap the offendee back.

So, more drastic steps have to be taken to fend off these wandering hands. Help comes from a Chinese micro-blogging site which informs us that some bright spark has come up with hairy stockings as a means of warding off lecherous advances.

The stockings which leave the feet hairy; is designed to confuse the offender of the gender of the victim. But will this work in India where it takes considerably more to deter the determined molester?

So desperate are our marauders that a hairy leg is not likely to put them off. If this fails, we have our homegrown anti-rape lingerie which is wired to give attackers an electric shock.

We have seen how emboldened our men are in both verbal and physical abuse of women. They will probably let a high voltage current pass through them and still return to try their hand at groping women.

Perhaps, we need something a little more inventive. There is of course the tried and tested can of mace. The only problem is that by the time you have whipped out the mace, the offender would have made considerable advances.

A better bet would be to devise some sort of skunk-like secretion that would cover the offender in a dreadful stink and also some indelible colour.

We can bet that the number of highly-coloured men walking around our cities would be too many to count if this were to be used.

It is a shame that women have to adopt ever-inventive measures to keep one step ahead of men. This is not a task that most of us can handle on our own.

The best way to knock some sense into would-be molesters is the firm smack of the law. This would dampen their ardour as nothing else will.

But while the law-enforcers get around to this, women may well have to cover their legs with hairy stockings and walk around fizzing with electricity.

First Published: Jun 19, 2013 23:30 IST