In a bizarre state of affairs, women travelling in metro trains in India’s capital city of New Delhi, can now carry knives for “self-protection”.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has allowed small knives (up to 4 inches), Hindustan Times reported. Even lighters and matchboxes, which were restricted earlier, have been removed from the list of banned items.
CISF’s move seems to have come in the wake of what happened in Bangalore just a week ago, when hordes of women were allegedly mass-molested on the streets despite the presence of 1,500 police personnel.
But what if sharp objects in the hand of commoners lead to an increase in untoward incidences?
A CISF official has reportedly said, “We carried a review and found that with these items, passengers’ safety is not in danger.” More info