Hundreds of women took out a protest march in Chandigarh late on Friday night to assert their right to access public spaces, IANS reported. This comes in the backdrop of the recent stalking case when woman was followed by two men in a car – one of who was Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party chief Subhash Barala’s son.
The march began at 11 pm from Chandigarh Rose Garden, and ended at Leisure Valley in Sector 10, passing through the geri route, which is considered unsafe for women. “We decided to start from here at 10 pm – a time when girls are not supposed to go out,” one of the organisers of the protest, Amarjot, told DNA.
Organisers of the Bekhauf Azaadi March/Reclaiming the Streets movement had mobilised participants through a Facebook post over the last week. “The march is just the beginning,” former councillor Pallav Mukherjee told Hindustan Times. “A nation that can’t protect its women, cannot protect itself.”
Several men were also seen participating in the march that aimed to “reclaim the streets from stalkers and elitist goons”, IANS reported. “We have taken to streets to give a message to everyone that women are free to move around at any time and cannot be forced to face harassment from men,” activist Amy Singh told the news agency.
The march was carried out a week after Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar stalked 29-year-old Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh. Both the accused were arrested on August 9 for stalking and attempting to abduct the woman.
Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe
Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.
Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:
1. Get inside the mind of a burglar
Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.
— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.
Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.
Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.
2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses
Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.
You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).
4. Protect your home from the outside
Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.
While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.
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