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‘MIRCHI JHONK’: Red chilli campaign, self-defence for women in New Delhi
New Delhi/DIMAPUR, Dec 13 (IANS/AGENCIES):
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Published on 14 Dec. 2010 1:06 AM IST
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‘Stop becoming a victim, the solution is mirchi jhonk’- a short burst of red chilli spray! This is the slogan of the Red Chilli campaign (Mirchi Jhonk) launched in August by a group of medicos in the capital to teach simple methods of self-defence to the capital’s women.
Women are given some simple tips of self- defence -- carry a pack of red chillies or pepper in the hand bag and blind an assailant, always walk on pavements facing the traffic and not along with it, keep all important phone numbers, including that of police, on emergency dial.
The group also runs a helpline, 60606161, that women can call in case of any emergency. And so far, the helpline has received over 150 calls on issues ranging from eve teasing, stalking and molestation to domestic violence.
The campaign’s director Shalini Malik, who runs a skin and cosmetic surgery clinic in the city, said she was shocked after the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case last month and decided to push forward the campaign in the capital.
“According to official figures, as many as 18 women are assaulted in some form or the other every hour across India. Over the last few months, cases of rape and assault have made it to the headlines with alarming frequency,” she said.
“We all know that girls are being molested every day. One can’t drive alone because someone might just try and harm, even kill. Isn’t this violation of our rights?” she questioned.
The group will soon launch a cab service exclusively for women- to be driven by women drivers only.
Chidambaram clarifies on ‘migrants’ remark
Union home minister, P. Chidambaram Monday clarified his statement blaming the migrants in New Delhi about the recent incidents of rape and alleged failure of Delhi Police.
“I gave a detailed reply. In the course of my reply, I made a matter-of-fact reference to migration, unauthorised settlements and behaviour that is unacceptable. I did not refer to any State or region or language or race or religion” he said. He said that he was dismayed that some people pounced upon the word ‘migrant’ and raised a controversy.
Meanwhile, Chidam-baram request every one, including the Delhi Police, to focus on the real issues of crime, crime prevention and crime detection, a PIB statement said.

 
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