The Indian Express: Post-Guwahati shame, sale of self-defence tools on the rise in Bangalore

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Experts suggest this might not be the only solution and that people need to stay on guard round-the-clock. “Pepper spray can be a handy tool, but being aware of your surroundings is more important. In the last one week, we’ve had a large number of single working women and worried parents enrolling their teenage daughters in our Krav Maga self-defence classes,” says Franklin Joseph, self-defence instructor, Badass Combat Academy.

Further, many are buying telescopic batons and stun guns — though they cost a little more than pepper sprays — which are handy, he added.

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Pepper sprays, stun guns, telescopic batons and knives are a few things that Bangaloreans have been getting their hands on in the last one week. The recent Guwahati molestation incident seems to have spurred the trend.

[is_singular][KravMagaBangalore.in] [Post][/is_singular] Many people now pick up a can of pepper spray from their nearest chemist, and several others have started enrolling in self-defence classes. The Guwahati incident has instilled fear in single working women, and parents are worried about their wards’ safety. Some BPO companies have urged women employees working night shifts to equip themselves with self-defence tools and get some simple training to escape danger.

Experts suggest this might not be the only solution and that people need to stay on guard round-the-clock. “Pepper spray can be a handy tool, but being aware of your surroundings is more important. In the last one week, we’ve had a large number of single working women and worried parents enrolling their teenage daughters in our Krav Maga self-defence classes,” says Franklin Joseph, self-defence instructor, Badass Combat Academy.

Further, many are buying telescopic batons and stun guns — though they cost a little more than pepper sprays — which are handy, he added.

“A pepper spray can is the easiest tool to have but its usage depends on the direction of the wind, and one needs to hold it properly. People are going for other options like electric stun guns that look like a simple lipstick and cost Rs 2,500. Also, telescopic batons that cost anywhere between `2,000 and `5,000 are in demand,” says Y K Chethan, proprietor of Olive Planet, a store for military gear.

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Franklin Joseph

Guru-ji Franklin Joseph was born into the slums of Delhi, and from an early age he was exposed to the world of sexual abuse & violent crime. After surviving 22-25 years, he converted his bad experience into positive knowledge and today his organization "Indian Institute of Special Tactics and Combat Science" focuses to empower the men, women & child to defend themselves against crime, violence, sexual harassment and sexual abuse.His major projects also cover corporate workshops and seminars to schools & colleges all over India. He also imparting knowledge through his academy in Bangalore. 'Guru-ji' and 'Dr. Safety' are the alias given to him by his members or followers.Over the years, 'Guru-ji' has been nominated and won various awards including Best Service Excellence award 2017 by London based Luxury Travel Magazine, United Kingdom. OSAC (United States Department) organization gave recommendation in its Women Safety Report 2014 stating "Franklin Joseph is the good Self Defense instructor that also focuses on psychological empowerment in his workshops".'Guru-ji' Franklin Joseph has been featured in articles by press media like TOI, DNA, Deccan Herald, ZeeTV, CNN-IBN, NDTV 24x7, Radio one etc., to highlight special tactics & psychological combat science.

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