I think most important weapon of women is their fearlessness, if any lady (May God protect them) come across this situation she fears of being harrassed, moletsed it even raped, she need to cool her mind.
The best way is that they should get trained in some ways of hurting the opposite person. Karate is one such skill which can provide good protection to them.
A small knife in their bag is also Ok. But if they are not strong the person may grab that also. So the women should have the required mental and physical strength to stop the culprits at a distance.
These days some chilli sprays are coming. Ladies can carry one such container in their handbag. If anybody is trying to attack them they can spray that liquid into their eyes so that they will not come near to the lady. This is very popular in many foreign countries. It has to pick up in India.
Though the idea may seem strange to some, it can be a reality with technological innovations. Almost a year back, I was watching a program on some news channel in which students were showing their innovative skills and a group of girl students came up with an amazing gadget which Neeru Ma'am is inquiring about.
The gadget was a glove with wiring connected to a small battery with an Off and On switch. In a demonstration, the girls switched on the gadget while putting this glove into the hand and a boy was called nearby, on touching he received an electric shock and the guy almost fell down!
So, such innovations are possible in the current technological age but since then I didn't saw or hear anything about this gadget. We can only hope such a gadget become available soon for women to protect them from assault.
Knowledge is power.
K Mohan @ Moga
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease