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Travelling alone is a novel experience, not all are fortunate. Nowadays more and more women are taking to journey alone. It is an exhilaration of total independence! You feel so light and fresh, and free. Yet, it can be terrifying if proper care and caution are not taken.
A few months back a young lady from Kolkatta, travelling alone in a cab on her way to Kemp Gowda International Airport, was brutally murdered by the cab driver. She was an event manager and had come to Bengaluru on an official meeting. The cab driver had taken her to office from her lodge and hence she had called him to drop her at Kempagowda International Airport, at midnight. He spoke her language and she innocently trusted him. The horrendous offence was not sexual or gendered based but for material gain. He snatched her cell phone and demanded her valuables and money. But when she resisted, he hit her and stabbed her several times before dumping her in an isolated place. Such incidents are scary and deadly.
In another frightening incident, a young woman was travelling at 3 am in a cab. She was on her way to her home from the Kempagowda International Airport. The driver drove towards an isolated and toll-free route and when she objected, he forced her to get down. She was stranded at an isolated place. Imagine her plight! But thank God he did not harm her criminally or sexually.
Likewise, we get to read similar horrifying cases.
This occurrence led me to introspection. Could this tragedy be averted then how and is our country safe for women, travelling solo?
Travelling alone, whether for pleasure or profession can be fun and satisfying but we need to take prudence. Self-protection is not anti-feminist. I would not sermon that women should not travel alone or that travelling solo is dangerous. Even men have terrifying experiences. What should be followed are some safety guidelines.
Here are some safety tips:
According to Janice Waugh, author of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook and the Solo Traveler Blog, “Traveling solo is as safe as travelling with others as long as you plan for safety and follow your instincts.”
Happy travelling solo traveller!
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