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5 Self Defense Tactics You Can Use in any Crisis Situation

5 Self Defense Tactics You Can Use in any Crisis Situation

Jim Morrison once said “Violence isn’t evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with violence.” On an average 92 women are raped everyday in India. This statistic is exclusive of the unreported crimes that are silenced with fear and the attempted ones that the women were saved from. Even a cat’s animalistic instinct forces it to scratch an attacker when cornered. Wouldn’t a woman do the same? Even the government has supported the idea of harming an attacker in self-defence. In Sheknows.com, Madeline Glasser put forward a statistic that every year approximately 207754 rape and sexual assault cases are filed which comes to nearly one woman raped every 2 minutes. Her alarming presentation of statistics and images used in this article are worth credit.

It is the right of every person to protect himself from harm. You can quote a million sayings against violence but neither Buddha nor Gandhi is going to save you from peril. ‘Precaution is better than prevention’ is true judging the present scenario of India about women’s safety. If you want to how to keep yourself or women you care about safe, read this article once on Safety tricks for big city girls (LINK).

Although your best weapon is your brain, here are some self defense moves that can get you out of the clutches of danger.

  1. BACK IT UP:

Most attacks are initiated by attackers from behind because the victims lose their advantage of knowing the attacker’s first move. The victim is unaware of the course of the action and that makes it more difficult to comprehend how to unchain themselves from it. If someone grabs you from behind, pinch the attacker anywhere between the elbow and armpit or in the upper inner thigh. The muscles there are comparatively tender than most of the body and even a light pinch goes a long way to get yourself free from his clutches. If someone is pinched hard enough, that person might have torn muscles.

2. Go for groin:

After the initial hit, always hit the groin next. This is unarguably the most sensitive part of the body. The best part is with this move you don’t even have to be physically stronger than the attacker. All you need is a little aim. Movies have taught us enough about how painful a kick to the groin can be. The knee is one of the strongest parts of the body. Make the best of it and kick as hard as you can. This trick is sure to bring the attacker to his knees releasing you from his clutches. The pain lasts for quite a few seconds that buys you enough time to escape from there.

3. KNOW THE NOSE:

Sometimes it so happens that the attacker is in front of you. As dreadful as that sounds, just know that it is better than being attacked unknowingly from behind. You can not only identify the attacker but also judge what move can set you free. In such a case of attack, thrust the lower part of your palm at the attacker’s nose in an upward direction. You can also punch his nose with your fist as hard as you can. This affects the senses of the body and immediately blinds the attacker with pain.

4. TAP YOUR FEET:

An attacker goes for blocking your hands to avoid you from retaliation. Binding your hands does not render you powerless because you still have your feet. Be it front or back, your foot can help you walk away from trouble. Women are often considered at a loss in an attack if they have high heeled shoes on. Use it in your favour by stamping the foot of the attacker just below the toe with force. Heavier the shoe, greater the pain the attacker’s going to endure. The best part is he can’t run after to catch hold of you after this hit.

5. WHEN IN DOUBT, S-I-N-G:

If there is one life lesson a girl can learn about self defence from movies, it is from ‘Miss Congeniality’. This combination of self defence moves can save your life in the worst of situations. No, SING does not mean you can make the attacker deaf with your tone. It stands for S-Slap, I-Instep, N-Nose, G-Groin. With this easy acronym, take on anyone who dares to put his hand on you. 

 

6 Effective Safety Tips for Women Living in a Big City

6 Effective Safety Tips for Women Living in a Big City

The growth in metropolitan cities of India is pacing faster than Usain Bolt. The pattern of financial growth and standard of living in the metropolitan cities have gone through a dynamic transition. You may ask, what’s changed in the past 20 years? It's the determined effervescence of Indian women driven by a need to be independent. Women have proved their mettle in earning bread for their family, driving and even serving in defense forces that was considered profession monopolized by men. Despite that we cannot ignore the outrageous 291 filed crimes in only 8 stations of Delhi Metro in 2012. 'The 50 Million Missing' campaign quoted in it's article 11 safety tips for women travelling or living alone in India,"Street sexual harrassment, molestation, amd stalking are seen as a normal part of day-to-day existence that all women are expected to put up with" and this couldn't be any more relatable. If you want to know how to protect kids from such crimes, check out the article on '6 hacks to protect your little ones from grave dangers' HERE (link). Be it groping in the crowd, holding a blade to the neck or snatching away purses, the records have it all. There is always a lingering fear whenever we step out. We have for you some tips to take them all head on.

  1. NEVER Back Down! :

It is a preconceived notion that women are gentle and submissive.Our society to this notion is what oil is to fire, hard wiring perspectives that expect women to have a meek demeanor in public. We should raise our voice if someone takes advantage of us. Your best saviour is YOU. Scream, gather a crowd and create a spectacle. Do not act blind to sexual crimes and assaults just because society blames the victim. Push them away, hit them with your fist or look them in the eye to question. Do all you can to put up a fight like the warrior you are because this is the fight for your life.

 

2. Selfies and makeup can save you:

 

A selfie camera can save you. If you hear someone walking behind you in an empty area, take out your camera and click a selfie. This will help you check if the same person is following you later too. If you send it someone, this can be a material evidence in case of a crime. You can easily identify the criminal in a police lineup. If the phone battery is dead, you can use the mirror on your compact powder for the same purpose.

 

3. Step into an ATM:

 

 

You have to trust your instincts. If you feel someone is going to attack you, try to run to a nearby 24 hours open ATM. These ATMs usually have security guards who can help you. One thing ATMs have even when they don’t have cash is CCTV camera. If the attacker enters the ATM, the CCTV will identify him and this fear is your greatest weapon. One hoax you shouldn’t believe is that entering your PIN backwards in the ATM will inform the Police.

 

4. When you are in a ‘fix’ or ‘jam’:

 

 

How to know if the door of the taxi has been jammed by the driver? The driver won’t let you in on it. Check the ON state of mechanical types on the door before getting in. Know the ‘locked’ and ‘unlocked’ position of the buttons. If the windows are open, try to open the door from the inner part of the cab before getting in to make sure the door isn’t jammed. Once you get in, try to open the door on the other end of the seat before closing the one you entered from.

 

5. Mislead them:

 

Women have often been accused of misleading men. For once, they can use it to their advantage. To instill fear into the heart of a cab driver, call someone up and pass on the registration number and driver’s details loudly in a language the driver understands. Even if no one’s on the other line, fake it with confidence. If you feel unsafe on roads, stay close to someone and start interacting. Getting yourself into an awkward situation is way better than being a victim. A socially active person is less likely to be attacked.

 

6. GPS is the right ‘track’:

 

Half the battle of safety is won if you carry a GPS device with you. A quick fix for the dangers in the metro that comes unannounced. Whether someone is following you or trying to harm you, the device can track down your exact location to protect you from it all. Life becomes easier and safer with a tracking device having an SOS button to call your loved ones for help in times of distress. Being small, it is easy to carry around at all times. Your safety is now literally in your hand.

 

Tracking device vs Mobile Phone - Why Yepzon Always Wins the Battle for Safety

Tracking device vs Mobile Phone - Why Yepzon Always Wins the Battle for Safety

Scoop Whoop recently reported a shocking incident how a nine year old schoolboy from Haryana cut himself because his parents took away his phone. Upon further investigation it came to light how he was given the phone by his parents at a ripe age of four, acting as their substitutes whilst they were busy in their professions.

This is one of many similar incidents that go unreported in India. Mobile phones have been replaced by the quintessential doll house or action figures amongst the new age kids. This could be attributed to two reasons. Firstly, with  both parents working and a lack of time for their kids, mobile phones are used as a tool to keep their kids engaged while they are away. Secondly and most importantly mobile phones are given to children as a tool to be used during emergencies. 

But these gadgets are like a ticking time bomb on your children’s hands.Here are a few reasons how mobile phones are dangerous for your kids in more ways than you think.

  1. Threat of Phishing

How many Emails do you find in your inbox luring you into sharing your bank account or personal details for some irresistible physics defying offer. I am sure the answer is ‘Lost Count’. Children being naive do not understand the gravity of such situations and could easily share your credit card details to get the delusional offer Lurking cyber criminals  are always phishing  for one slip up in privacy and they pounce on it like a group of friends on the last slice of pizza. If privacy settings are not properly tend it could end up sweeping your bank account clean faster than a woman tidying a room.

2. Creativity dies:

A mobile phone can do much more than make a call. Music, movies, serials, games, TV, you just name it. It’s there on your phone. Children nowadays are so into their phones that they don’t make time for creative activities. Their idea of playing is now playing games on their phones.Spending time with their friends has been reduced to only messaging apps. Their notion of reading literature has been moulded into checking out memes on social media.

3. No accuracy or reliability:

People say a mobile phone is enough to keep in touch with your loved ones. But what is one supposed to do in an emergency when a second’s time is your realm of life and death? What is a person supposed to do if he is lost in an unknown place? Let alone informing someone the location, that person has better chances of being saved if he sits on the road and starts crying. Moreover, the most debatable question of using a mobile phone as a tool for safety is what if it gets switched off? The only way to protect yourself from an attacker with such a phone is by throwing it at his head and hoping it hits him hard. The answer to all the questions above is get a tracking device for safety before stepping out of your safe haven. Yepzon One is a tracking device for children that does not switch off unless you want it to.

4. Cyber Stalkers:

Childhood is a time where all we have to for attention is cry. For times like today, fame is achieved by publicising personal photographs. A child’s naive behavior can be exploited by many. People make use of other’s vulnerability. Misuse of pictures for lascivious or indignified acts have become a common phenomenon in the field of cyber crime. The worst part is that people even put their daily routine and present whereabouts online. Kidnappers don’t even to research the daily life of their victim. It’s all up in their profile. Publically updating your routine places is as good as tying up your own hands up and walking into a kidnapper’s van. In a tracking device, no picture has to be put up for tracking a person thus maintaining privacy. Plus, you have the choice who knows your exact whereabouts and who doesn’t.

5. Socially awkward:

No social gathering is complete without at least one child sitting aloof and using a mobile phone instead of socializing. Personally, we all can agree to have used phones as a distraction from our relatives. We laugh it off but this is actually turning us into anti-social loners. Sitting at a corner of the room and gaping at phones while loved ones sitting right in front of us isn’t only rude but also disrespectful to their interest. Plus, some people steer to web bullying through their phones by sitting on the other end of the screen. In reality, such people develop a fear of speaking their mind in public. A tracking device makes sure of your well-being as well as does not affect communication or social etiquettes.

You may ask what is the solution then? We do not have a definite solution but we can tell you a GPS device focuses on the what you want the most- safety! No personal detail or location has a chance of getting out as the device is paired with the phones of only those people the ‘tracked’ person trusts the most.