Skip to comments.Indian women rely on firearms for protection
Posted on 05/28/2012 9:35:08 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
A growing number of Indian women are buying guns in order to protect themselves from untoward situations
Dr Harveen Kaur carries a lightweight .22 revolver in her bag every time she leaves her house and is of the opinion that the police is unable to protect her. She thinks that the surge in attacks against women is one of the many reasons why women in India are enticed to keep weapons.
It is estimated that there are around 40 million guns in India, making it the second largest country to have such a huge weapon count after United States. Most of the weapons are kept illegally as obtaining a license is a difficult task.
National Association for Gun Rights India is a group which was founded in 2009 and believes in fewer restrictions on keeping firearms. Rakshit Sharma, Secretary General of the group believes that guns should be used as a final resort and says that women frequently call them to enquire more about obtaining a firearm license. The trend is strongest in regions where people do not mind keeping weapons such as Punjab.
The recent trend has also increased revenues and profits of various businessmen who sell arms and ammunition in India. Satish Kumar, a gun seller in Chandigarh, says 10 per cent of the people buy weapons for safety whereas a hefty 90 per cent keep them as they are considered a status symbol.
Indian women, who were interviewed by the Guardian, said that they feel threatened by the current law and order situation in India. The level of general violence has declined; however, the cases of sexual assault have increased.
Anita Dhiman Dass, who has three different guns, believes that women in Delhi should definitely keep a weapon. According to her, changing lifestyles and a sudden rise in working women attribute immensely to their vulnerability.
Dass believes that if all women carry weapons, many mishaps and accidents can be easily avoided.
India: Rising Crime And Sexual Assaults Prompting Women To Buy Guns For Protection
Ted Nugent would be pleased.
Millions of women in India have purchased handguns in recent years to protect themselves from crime, violence and sexual assault.
As more women attain higher education and jobs in India than ever before, they have increasingly become a target for criminals and sexual predators.
As a result, a large number of Indian women are arming themselves to fend off criminals, and something of a gun culture has emerged in the country.
In fact, India reportedly has about 40 million guns in circulation (a modest number compared to its 1 billion-plus population) — but even so, the country ranks second in the world behind the United States in terms of gun ownership.
Dr. Harveen Kaur Sidhu, an affluent 33-year-old woman who lives in Chandigarh, Punjab, explained to the Guardian why she carries a revolver in her pocketbook.
“I don’t have faith in the police to protect me,” she said. “There are so many attacks on women these days. It’s everybody’s right to defend themselves. I think all women who are vulnerable should be carrying guns.”
In Punjab, which has a long military and warrior tradition and is probably the center of Indias gun culture, more than 31,000 gun licenses have been issued to women.
“A lot of lower-class men, they harass women, so a gun is very good way of telling them to back off,” an anonymous Punjabi woman told the Guardian. “If I am coming home late at night on my own, it is very necessary. Even if the police come, it is too late.
India has an organization called the National Association for Gun Rights India (NAGRI), which, like the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the U.S., advocates for citizens to have easy access to purchase handguns.
During colonial times, British imperialists disarmed the entire Indian nation — to further their own agenda,” NAGRI’s website states. “However, 63 years after independence, the rights of our citizens are once again being trampled over — this time by our own democratically elected government! All citizens have the natural God-given right to self-defence, which is recognised by the Indian Constitution as well as the Indian Penal Code; however this right is meaningless without the right tools of self-defence!
More of India’s women turning to guns as violence increases
By Jason Overdorf | GlobalPost.com | May 22, 2012
India’s wealthy women are increasingly buying guns to protect themselves, as reports of rapes and other violent attacks on women grow more common in the local media, reports the Guardian’s Jason Burke (aka “the other Jason”).
One recent enthusiast is Anita Dhiman Dass, who lives in Ludhiana, a prosperous centre of trade and farming 80 miles west of Chandigarh. Dass, 46, got her first gun three years ago, has three weapons on her licence and says a Ruger .22 pistol is her favourite. “It’s so light. I put it in my bag when I go shopping, to the mall, to the market or wherever. It is very necessary. There is so much robbery these days. They just snatch chains and bangles,” she said.
Like Sidhu, Dass said carrying a gun made her feel secure. Her husband, Ishwar, runs a car dealership in the town. His collection of 11 weapons includes hunting rifles and vintage shotguns. Dass said a four-year-old grandson was now “very fond of guns” and the family’s new puppy has been named “Sniper”.
Burke’s article provides an interesting update to my GlobalPost series on India’s gun culture, India: Armed and Dangerous. As I suggested, people are increasingly turning to guns to cope with the breakdown of law and order and rapid economic changes that are putting more pressure on social ties. Look for an uptick in fatal accidents to go with the new “protection.”
A handgun is the best equalizer for a woman against a bigger and/or stronger man. And that is true even for martial arts trained women, despite Hollywood’s attempt to show that factoid differently notwithstanding.
I hear Elizabeth Warren just bought one. Oh wait
as annoying as they can be there are some real hotties floating around.
And I think some Japanese women could use them, too.
She gets the bow and arrow model.
She gets the bow and arrow model.
What is a Punjab weapon - - - ?
“The trend is strongest in regions where people do not mind keeping weapons such as Punjab.”
“Somebody Call For an Indian Woman?”
LOL...I think they mean Indian with a dot, not a feather.
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