In the wake of increasing rape cases, Pune-based orthopedic Dr. Pavan Kohli has designed a ‘Selfie-Defense Stick’. As the name suggests, it is nothing but a selfie stick with hidden weapons to protect women during unprecedented attacks, and be their ‘first fully-legal complete self defense device’.
The selfie defense stick is called Samiidha Bhavani and has a Samurai sword-like design, which doubles up into a stun gun, pepper spray, panic button, pen knife, a sewing kit and a mirror. It weighs around 1.5 kilograms and is two-feet-three-inches long. When folded, it is just three inches (about the size of a water bottle) and can be carried in a mediocre-sized handbag.
Kohli has requested for permission from the Indian government to sell the device in police stations. He has also got in touch with Baba Ramdev for a possibility to retail it in his Patanjali Yogpeeth stores across India.
Kohli told Wall Street Journal that it cost him about Rs 5,000 to make, and he hopes to sell the device at less than Rs 1,000 a unit. “For office going girls….it is a multi-purpose device… it’s anything what a woman wants for her dignity,” he said.
The strobe light on top doubles up as a pepper spray while also triggering a siren alerting passersby. There is also a non-lethal stun gun, and a flick knife on the selfie stick, helping women in distress situations. He is currently looking for manufacturers to license his design patent.
Here’s the selfie-defense stick in action.
Image credit: Wall Street Journal