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Old 4th March 2010, 13:32   #61
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Teasing is a problem I had faced when my fiance (now wife) was seated in front when I had to go to a mechanic in a slum area. Some road side loser did some nasty gestures. I was slightly away with my back turned. On returning home, she complained on the act and I literally ran and with my social position, cornered the fellow and demanded action, he confessed and I freed him on surity.

My family named me aggressive, but I am ethically potent, being a person of an ngo, often sort similar problems that happen with other women too.

But from then on, I insist to drive or travel with tinted glasses and strongly avoid such places when with wife, though I have good legal contacts in the state.
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Old 23rd April 2010, 15:05   #62
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I read this news item recently and was quite disturbed by it

"Pune: A senior government official from Pune was allegedly raped by four men while she was returning from a pilgrimage with her family. The accused have been arrested, police said on Sunday.

The woman, a resident of Pune, was returning with her husband and son from the Vaidyanath temple in Parli village of Maharashtra's Beed district when the incident took place on April 11 in Dhanora village, about 300 km from Mumbai. This was the third such incident in the region in the last fortnight.

"While returning to Pune, the family stopped for snacks at a highway food joint. Accused Dipak Jawale saw the family and followed them in a hired Indica car with three accomplices. They robbed and assaulted the family and when the husband lost consciousness, they dragged the woman out of the car and raped her repeatedly," a police officer told IANS.

"They left the woman naked on the road and fled. A village woman draped her in a saree and carried the victim to her car," the officer said."

One would now have to think twice before venturing out on long trips with family. Any tips (or links ) on personal safety on the highway anyone ??
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Old 23rd April 2010, 16:13   #63
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God thats scary! sad!

well such incidents will surely dampen the spirits of couples who like to travel long distances.

Precautions i take:
- Never stop at isolated dhabbas when with women.
- Keep a watch on the rare view mirror..
- Having a powerful car will help but even the driving skills matter!
- Keep some weapon handy even a long spanner will do!
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Old 23rd April 2010, 16:18   #64
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Really sad and scary news.

Not sure what stops our court to have these guys hanged to death.
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Old 23rd April 2010, 16:23   #65
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"Pune: A senior government official from Pune
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This was the third such incident in the region in the last fortnight.

As per the article, the accused was immediately caught. Why you may ask only after this rape. Because the victim was a senior government official.

The 2 other incidents probably were about some poor or unconnected victim.

This is police apathy. And it happens everywhere in India. Who is to be blamed?

If the rape of a "Senior Government Official" had not happened the culprits could have been still going on.

And one never knows how many unreported incidents have happened.

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Old 23rd April 2010, 16:52   #66
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I was coming back from Kolhapur to pune with my mother. We left Kolhapur at 11 pm. We didn't have dinner there.
I stopped at a dhaba which had over 25 trucks with the drivers around 12:40 in the night. I told my mother, we are safest amongst 30 - 40 truckers than in a dhaba that has 3 - 4 cab drivers.
She was comfortable. Hence we had Misal Pav and quickly left without attracting much attention. Had she not been comfortable, we'd have driven home directly.
I'm kind of beginning to like the truck drivers when they are in majority in central and south india.
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Old 23rd April 2010, 17:08   #67
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Of course we need to be vigilant and in general avoid stopping in secluded stops or where the people around seem dodgy. Try to stop only in lighted and crowded rest stops/food joints in general and avoid night travel as much as you can when travelling with family/women.
Still you can only take so many precautions on the road and doing things with common-sense should make travelling pretty safe.

In one of the cases in Pune recently, the lady in question was really stupid to sit in a private car with 2 guys already in it just because she did not want to wait for the PMT bus. Same with anybody trying to hitch a ride on highways - do not flag down unknown vehicles! Very sad for the victim but then this is really elementary in this day and age.

edit: Spitfire, AFAIK in both the other cases, the suspects were arrested the same evening as well, We know about Police apathy in general but lets give them their due here.
Infact because of the other incident (the one I referred to above) this particular govt employee came forward and lodged her complaint as that incident had taken place few days/weeks earlier.

I read this in the local newspapers and remembered the details.

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Old 23rd April 2010, 18:07   #68
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As said by many, better to avoid night long drives unless it is really needed.
-Have a powerful torch if you travel in night. My wife puts the torch first in the baggage.
-Do not try to explore new routes
-Follow the crowd especially buses or renowned trucks (eg TVS, Patel road lines etc) if there is a diversion on the road
-Do not stop unless necessary
-Since mobiles are there, help will reach immediately
-108 works well in TN
-Have in mind that ANY CAR can give trouble or get PUNCTURED
-Fuel the car sufficiently (once I had a bad experience when the fuel needle went down I was in a traffic jam in a highway - luckily managed to sneak to the nearest Fuel station)
-Highway driving is totally different from City driving.
-Have in mind - bigger vehicles rule the road in highways and do not try to compete
-while getting down and getting in always look around your car
-Long drives are there to enjoy and the roads are getting better and better. Need not panic but be alert

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When I was a kid, we used to travel extensively throughout eastern India along with mom and dad in our Amby Mk4. My dad used to always carry a shining foot long sword in the car. Everytime we went out for a long highway drive I remember him polishing the sword very meticulously a night before. Fortunately we didnt face a situation where it came out of the holster. Although this might not be a very convenient or wise thing to do nowadays, however during the days of no cellphone communication or 100 or even pepper spray, it gave us a sense of security.
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