Don’t be fooled by the colorful sarees and the feminine beads and bangles, for these Indian ladies mean business. With a rise in the crime rate and an ever-increasing number of brutal attacks against women, more and more professional females in this land of exotic contrasts are turning to the great equalizer for protection.
We’re Not Taking This Any More
When Dr Harveen Kaur Sidhu travels from her home in an upmarket neighbourhood of the north-western Indian city of Chandigarh, she always slips her lightweight .22 revolver in her bag. The gun is a new purchase – Sidhu got her license only a year ago – but now the 33-year-old dentist won’t travel without it.
“I don’t have faith in the police to protect me. There are so many attacks on women these days. It’s everybody’s right to defend themselves. I think all women who are vulnerable should be carrying guns,” Sidhu said. She is not alone. A growing number of well-off, educated Indian women are turning to firearms for protection.
The trend is part of a broader growth of gun culture in the land once known for the non-violent principles of Mahatma Gandhi. The Guardian