Gotta take your hat off today to the three Indian student engineers who have invented anti-rape underwear which delivers a 3,800 kilovolt shock to any would-be attacker.
Fair to say, Alf does not know for sure how much sting would come from 3800 kV.
But it’s supposed to be enough to disable the assailant, and after disabling him the undergarment will automatically send a text message to police or family members containing the GPS location of the attempted crime.
This development in crime deterrence is reported today (see here) by the Daily Mail.
Pressure sensors on the garment, sewn in around the bust area, detect unwanted force and trigger the powerful shock.
It can deliver up to 82 electric shocks, more than enough to disable any attacker.
Manisha Mohan is one of the threesome who helped develop the product.
She told The Times of India:
‘The lingerie with global positioning system, global system for mobile communications and also pressure sensors is capable of sending shock waves of 3,800 kV as well as alerts to parents and police.
‘A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated, and the GPS and GSM modules would send an SMS (to the Indian emergency number) as well as to parents of the girl’.
Details of the device were published on an Indian technology website, Techpedia.
They show how the electric shock circuit board is ‘placed near the bosom’ after a survey found that attackers usually grab a woman in that area as they initiate a rape attack.
So who conducted that survey and who responded?
But let’s come back to Ms Mohan, who said:
‘Studying in a convent girls school, we were always taught to be good to everyone around and bear a cheerful smile.
‘After stepping into the real, cruel world we realized that our smile could not last for long as the threat to our purity and integrity always lingered on.
‘Since the law makers take ages to come up with just laws and even after that, women are unsafe. Hence, we have initiated the idea of self‐defense which protects the women from domestic, social and workplace harassment.’
The Daily Mail reminds us that India has seen a spate of rapes in recent months including the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who later died.
That case sparked huge protests and widespread condemnation of the government and judiciary for their failure to protect women.
Last month a Swiss woman was attacked and a British tourist told how she was forced to jump out of her hotel window when a man attempted to attack her.
The surge in violence against women is believed to be having a serious effect on the country’s tourism industry.
A recent study found that that in the last three months, the number of foreigners travelling to India has fallen by 25 per cent with the number of female tourists down by 35 per cent.
Alf assumes those are declines from a small base, because he can’t imagine many people bursting to visit India in the first place. At least, he has no powerful urge to go there, because the prospect of going down with Delhi Belly or whatever is not particularly alluring.
On second thoughts, he would probably fight off the Delhi Belly with a few nips of whisky. Or lots of nips.
And he is aware that seven Indian brands (see here) have made it to the list of 20 best-selling spirits in the world.
They are Officer’s Choice, McDowell’s No.1, Bagpiper, Royal Stag, McDowell’s No.1, Old Tavern and Original Choice.
Their inclusion in the list reveals that some of the world’s best-loved whisky doesn’t actually come from the Highlands but is made in India and traditionally has a much sweeter taste than Scotch, the Daily Mail reported.
Of course, you would have to be very careful to behave with great propriety after sampling these brands. Stumbling in the street, and throwing your arms out for support before falling, and finding you have made contact with an Indian sheila’s electrified bosom area could be a sobering experience.