Groping in India and how to prevent it


Groping is not acceptable or common in any society, including in India but it is sadly a common thing and it happens a lot. It is a form of sexual harassment and is illegal in many countries including India. No one should be subjected to unwanted physical contact and it is important for individuals to respect the boundaries and personal space of others. If you have experienced or witnessed groping or any other form of sexual harassment, it is important to report it to the police or to a trusted individual such as a friend and or family member.

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Here are some tips that may help you prevent yourself from being groped in public in India:

Be aware of your surroundings: Always paying attention to what is happening around you can help you identify potential dangers and take steps to avoid them. This can include being aware of the people around you, the location of exits and escape routes, and any potential weapons or objects that could be used to defend yourself.

Trust your instincts: If you do feel uncomfortable or unsafe in any situation, it is important to listen to your instincts and remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. This may involve leaving a party or other event, or finding a different route home if you feel unsafe while walking or using public transportation.

Dress modestly: Wearing modest clothing can help you feel more comfortable and less vulnerable in public. Avoid clothing that is revealing or that may draw unwanted attention to yourself. You can always wear the Indian salwar kameez to blend in the crowd. This will indicate that you aware of Indian culture and customs.

Travel in groups: It is always safer to travel in groups especially at night. This can not only help deter potential attackers but also provide support if you do encounter a dangerous situation.

Be assertive: If someone touches you without your consent, it is important to speak up and make it clear that the behaviour is unacceptable. This can involve using a firm voice and making eye contact, and may involve seeking help from a trusted individual or the authorities if the situation escalates.

Seek help: If you are being harassed, assaulted or you feel you have been touched, it is important to seek help from a trusted individual or the police as soon as possible. This can involve calling the police or finding a safe place to go until help arrives.

Avoid deserted areas: Staying in well-lit, populated areas, especially at night, can help reduce the risk of being attacked. Avoid walking through deserted streets or alleys, and consider taking a different route home if you feel unsafe.

Stay on the street: When walking on the street, stay far away from bushes, alleys, and other areas where someone could hide. This can help you stay visible to passers-by and reduce the risk of being attacked from behind.

Keep your phone charged: Make sure your phone is charged in case you need to call for help. Consider downloading a personal safety app that allows you to send an alert to a trusted contact in case of an emergency. Learn the local police number. 

Stay alert on public transportation: Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you while using public transportation. If you feel unsafe, consider switching to another mode of transportation or asking a trusted individual to accompany you.

Use the buddy system: If you are going to a party or other event, consider arranging for a friend to check in on you or come pick you up if you feel unsafe. This can provide added support and help ensure your safety.

Keep a personal safety device with you: Consider carrying a personal safety device, such as a whistle or pepper spray, to use in case of an emergency. These devices can help deter attackers and attract attention if you need help.

Take self-defence classes: Enrolling in a self-defence class can provide you with the skills and confidence you need to protect yourself in case of an attack. These classes often cover topics such as how to identify and avoid dangerous situations, how to escape from an attacker, and how to use basic self-defence techniques.

Learn Hindi words: Learning a few words from the local language can go a long way. Here are some Hindi travel words that you can use if you travel to India.

Raise an alarm: You can raise an alarm by shouting or talking in raised voice to the individual concerned. This way the assaulter will get afraid and the crowd will come to your aid.  

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