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Pune doctor invents 'Selfie-Defense Stick' for women, wants Baba Ramdev to sell it

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 protec

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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.
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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

  • Published Date: March 11, 2015 8:12 PM IST