RAPE DRUGS: Scared women pub-goers are taking no chances

The drug-facilitated sexual assault of a South African model has put 'rape drugs' firmly in the spotlight. In fact, the fear of such drugs has plagued women pub-goers in the city for a while now. Women at nightspots are keeping an eagle eye on their drinks, fearing that they'll be spiked.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 13:57 IST

The drug-facilitated sexual assault of a South African model has put 'rape drugs' firmly in the spotlight. In fact, the fear of such drugs has plagued women pub-goers in the city for a while now. Women at nightspots are increasingly keeping an eagle eye on their drinks, fearing that they'll be spiked.

Pub-goers like Supreet Singh, a flight attendant, are extra careful. "I don't leave my drink unattended even when I go out with my friends," she says. "I don't accept drinks from strangers either. Also when in a small group, none of us drink too much." Airline employee Kriti Malhotra told HT, "We should watch what we drink. It's a bad idea to be too carefree. Why give someone a chance? In the end, it's the girl who has to bear the consequences for such negligence."

Pub owners too are cautious. Farhan Jehani, owner of Leopold Café at Colaba, said: "Whenever we notice any of woman customer being approached by a first-time customer, we ask her whether she's comfortable. If she doesn't have a problem, we leave them alone. Otherwise, we take action." Mahesh Luthria, owner of Tigs at Juhu, said the crowd visiting pubs is different from those at discos. "Since there is no dancing in pubs, we often get couples and corporate types. Having said that, we take utmost care. It's a very safe and controlled environment here." Pubs like Squeeze have also appointed bouncers. Says manager Imran Khan, "The bouncers ensure there is no misbehaviour. Also, the people we entertain are usually affluent and don't indulge in such acts."

PARTY SAFE

Don't leave your drink unattended. Don't accept drinks from strangers.

Party in groups or take along a friend.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 13:57 IST