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Indian women given kitchen knives, chili to fend off rapists

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Women pose with knives, distributed by India's radical Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena, in Mumbai January 23, 2013. The Shiv Sena, an ally of the main opposition BJP, has handed out kitchen knives and chilli powder to women in Mumbai following the gang rape of a student in Delhi that ignited a national debate on the best way to tackle sex crimes. Pictures of Bal Thackeray, founder of the Shiv Sena, dangle from key rings attached to the knives. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY POLITICS)

 

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s radical Hindu nationalist party governing Mumbai has handed out kitchen knives and chili powder to women following a gang rape in the capital New Delhi that ignited a national debate on the best way to tackle sex crimes.

The Shiv Sena party, an ally of the main opposition BJP, said it had handed out 21,000 knives with three-inch blades to women in the city and surrounding areas and plans to distribute 100,000.

Mumbai police said they were examining the knives and considering legal action.

“This is a symbolic gesture,” said Shiv Sena spokesman Rahul Narvekar, adding that a knife shorter than six inches in length does not fit the definition of a weapon. The party also handed out small bags of chili powder – apparently to throw into an attacker’s eyes.

“It’s only to pass a signal to eve-teasers, anti-social elements and perpetrators of crime against women that women are empowered and they can take care of themselves,” Narvekar said.

Eve-teasing is a euphemism for molesting women.

“Don’t be afraid of using this knife if someone attacks you,” Ajay Chaudhari, running the knife campaign, was quoted by the party newspaper, Saamana, as saying.

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  1. Maudie N Mandeville

    January 26th, 2013

    Let’s start a campaign to give lib women this rape kit. And include a bandaid.

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  2. Claudia

    January 26th, 2013

    Good for them. And after they subdue their attacker, cut off their n*ts.

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  3. Irish

    January 26th, 2013

    @maudie Who in their right mind would want to rape a lib woman?

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  4. serfer62

    January 26th, 2013

    Chile to Inian women?…thats bait dude!

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  5. fullcirclethinker

    January 26th, 2013

    Behold our future if Obama, Holder, and Feinstein have their way!

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  6. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 26th, 2013

    How about bear mace and one of Joey Biden’s shot guns?

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  7. Unruly Refugee

    January 26th, 2013

    Kitchen knives? Looks more like jailhouse shanks made from bed spring bands.

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  8. No Guns?

    January 26th, 2013

    Why not a gun?
    Guns have stopped 1000′s of violent crimes.
    May I suggest a .357 magnum. Always a crowd pleaser.
    Oh and while your at it. Give him a nodicktamy.

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  9. cfm990

    January 26th, 2013

    Chili powder & knife?
    How about
    Smith & Wesson?

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  10. Chalupa

    January 26th, 2013

    A chili verga? What kind of Indians are these – Aztecs?

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  11. RANDO

    January 26th, 2013

    Best defense against rape: Butt-ugliness.

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  12. cfm990

    January 26th, 2013

    I guess only hot chicks get raped.

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  13. Mayor DoomTurd

    January 26th, 2013

    Lorena Bobbitt would be proud!!!

    Her ex-hubby, uh, not so much!!

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  14. Trees

    January 26th, 2013

    Irony that the Shiv party is handing out knives

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  15. Carlsonal

    January 26th, 2013

    How about rape whistles? I had never heard of such a fuggin stupid idea. Let’s see, imagine I’m a tiny woman getting raped, hmm, maybe I’ll blow this here WHISTLE. I’m sure glad I don’t have a gun or anything.

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  16. jeckelmyhyde

    January 26th, 2013

    The knife is to cut the heart out after you blow the pervert away, and the pepper just make a really good seasoning, especially if you are running low on curry.

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