Sunday, January 12, 2014

Nirbheek - India's First Firearm Designed For Women

 

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LUCKNOW: Giving more power to women to defend themselves and as a tribute to December 2012 ganrape (SIC) victim Nirbhaya, the Indian Ordnance Factory, Kanpur, has manufactured Nirbheek, a .32 bore light weight revolver, India's first firearm designed for women. At 500 grams, it is also the first IOF handgun made of titanium alloy.

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Firstly… TYPO! It is 'gang rape' NOT 'ganrape'.

With that out of the way - Do they seriously believe that women didn't carry firearms because they had an issue with the weight of the revolver?? Seriously?? Have you ever tried holding a woman's handbag? I have (let's not get into that). The damn things are heavy!

I am sure the weight of the revolver had never been an issue.

That said, let's give credit where it is due. When I first read the headline, I was preparing myself to see a picture of a Swarovski studded pink handgun. At least they didn't do something THAT idiotic. Although they did do something [irrelevant] to give it a feminine touch. IOF Kanpur has ordered SPECIAL boxes, lined with velvet to make it more attractive (*rolls eyes). It's the last line of the article, in case you are looking for it.

Now, I would consider this as a real measure if the INR 10 Billion Nirbhaya Fund [Link 1, Link 2] were to be utilised (at least in part) to subsidise this gun for the women. Please note, I am still against providing subsidies (to anyone), but that would be relatively acceptable as opposed to letting the entire INR 1,000 crore allocation go to waste.

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