Punjab women keeping licensed guns for self-defense

February 21st, 2009 - 9:15 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb. 21 (ANI): As the criminal activities are rising in Punjab, a growing number of women have started keeping licensed guns to protect themselves.
With 541 licensed weapons registered for women, Bhatinda district comes first in the tally, followed by Patiala (256) and Faridkot (105).
Women feel that keeping a weapon would enable them to defend themselves and their families in crisis situations.
One incident happened with me. One boy of my village molested me. That is why I have to keep this licensed weapon for my security, said Manpreet Kaur, a local villager.
Many housewives also possess weapons, which make them feel safe against robbers, snatchers and thieves.
Now, I am not afraid and I go to my field freely without any fear. The weapon gives me a confidence that I have a gun and a pistol. I am well equipped with these weapons to deal with any trouble, said Karmjeet Kaur, a housewife.
Every three minutes a woman becomes victim of a crime in the nation.
A total of 185,312 incidents of crime against women were reported in India during 2007 against 164,765 cases of 2006, with an increase of 12.5 percent.
The number of crimes committed against women has increased continuously during the last five years. 20,771 cases of rape were reported in 2007. (ANI)

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