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A women friendly gun, 'Nirbheek' may lead to murders in the name of rape attempt
Now a gun named ‘Nirbheek’ is dedicated to women in India as a safety gear. The weight of this gun is about 500 grams and is built by the state run ordnance factory in India. This gun made of titanium alloy is slim enough to slip into any woman’s purse. Experts say that this gun can kill a person if used properly.

Several human rights groups have protested against promoting a gun like this and expressed their concern that women safety is the responsibility of the government . By promoting a gun for safety, our government is only shying away from its responsibility. It is also encouraging killing by a woman and mostly to increase murders in the name of rape attempt. Several others have also claimed that the price of this gun is INR 100,000, which is very high for average middle class Indians.

Even though the procedure for getting a license is very stringent in India and one needs to prove that one is under life threat to own a license, it is always a matter of convincing some authorities. It is well known fact that in India, anyone can get these by paying bribe to the authorities. Also when women safety issues are projected in such a big way, getting the license will not be that tough for women too.

Question is what will happen to common people in India, either men or women. Under present situation, rape is projected on the same lines as dowry and domestic violence were projected earlier. It is already seen that women feel themselves unsafe on streets. This fear psychosis is constantly reinstated by the media hype of rape and sexual assault cases and it is natural that any woman will try to get a license by any means today. But can’t women safety be achieved through other means?

In some North Eastern parts of the country we have matriarchal society where we may have a lot of adultery related issues, but we don’t hear about it. Even though many suggest that those rapes are always kept under wraps but since there are no statistics around that we can’t comment anything on those cases. Women know various self defence techniques and it is included in everyone’s school curriculum there.

Women take part in all kinds of activities without fear. Our politicians or media or even feminists never spoke about teaching women self defence techniques so that women feel safe. Instead the government has created something that will not empower majority of women but only a section of high class women who can arm twist the system to get a license under their empowerment. The ordinary common men (and women) remain the target. These ordinary women can’t protect themselves as they can’t afford a gun, and men become the target of those elite class bullets. As a result the common men and women become more unsafe in the hands of the elite.

Thus the measure of providing guns to women is not only outrageous but targeted only towards common people of India. This has one more deadly side effect. The children from these privilege classes will also have access to these guns now. No matter how securely these guns are kept (there is a check by the authorities to check the place where the gun will be kept) there will be lapses and easy access for the children as well.

The probability of these children taking these guns to their schools to teach their classmates lesson also can’t be ruled out. That is what is happening in the western world today. These parents will not know that it is a big business for the gun company (in this case the government) and certain elite class that has killed their children.

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