India: Rising Crime And Sexual Assaults Prompt Women To Buy Guns For ProtectionSubmitted by Charleston Voice on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 23:36
Posted by Charleston Voice, 05.22.12
Heads up to the ladies in India: If NAGRI is anything like the NRA in America it is NOT a defender of individual gunowner rights! Beware of all groups who propose to be on your side.
Millions of women in India have purchased handguns in recent years to protect themselves from crime, violence and sexual assault.
Ted Nugent would be pleased.
As more women attain higher education and jobs in India than ever before, they have increasingly become a target for criminals and sexual predators.
As a result, a large number of Indian women are arming themselves to fend off criminals, and something of a “gun culture” has emerged in the country.
In fact, India reportedly has about 40 million guns in circulation (a modest number compared to its 1 billion-plus population) -- but even so, the country ranks second in the world behind the United States in terms of gun ownership.
However, India has strict gun control laws, and getting licenses for weapons is very difficult -- which means that most of the country's pistols and revolvers are owned illegally.
Dr. Harveen Kaur Sidhu, an affluent 33-year-old woman who lives in Chandigarh, Punjab, explained to the Guardian why she carries a revolver in her pocketbook.
"I don't have faith in the police to protect me," she said. "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."