Pune Commissioner of Police Gulabrao Pol has asked women to carry knives, chilli powder and pepper spray and be prepared to use them in self-defence when attacked.

Speaking at a meeting organised to discuss security of women on Wednesday, Pol said that women should adopt such self-defence tactics before they call police for help.

Time for defence? The commissioner of police speaking at a meeting organised to discuss security of women. File Pic

When contacted yesterday, Pol said it was important that women defend themselves and avoid getting hurt before the police arrive. “Carrying knives, chilli powder or spray will help women defend themselves against any man intending to harass them,” he said.

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Right to protect
“There is a provision in the law that says a woman can attack the culprit in self-defence. A woman can raise an alarm, injure her attacker and then call for police help,” he added.

Pol also said police plan to deploy women officials at every police station in the city so that it becomes easier for women to walk in and register a complaint.