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

'Dr. Safety' Franklin Joseph is founder & CEO of 'Indian Institute of Special Tactics And Combat Science and conducts corporate workshops as a Women / Child Safety Specialist. He is also Founder & is a Chief Instructor of BadAzz Krav Maga Self Defense Military Combat Academy. From 1986, he started researching and educating himself on Safety Empowerment to help him heal and elevate himself from his own 22 years of sexual abuse and violent past. From 2004, he started learning and practicing Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense in Delhi and has been trained by legends like Master Vicky Kapoor and Israeli guru's like Avi Moyal, Shlomi Moyal, Gabi Noah, Amnon Darsa etc. He also assisted Mr. Vicky Kapoor in many tactical training with Military, Police and Special Forces. Now, apart from running his self defense academy, he has conducted 100+ corporate workshops of 'PowerToWomen.in' : Women's Safety Awareness, Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Harassment & Abuse. He is also featured in various newspapers and magazine along with TV Channels.

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