With the growing atrocities against women, a 17-year-old engineering student has taken up the task in his own hands to provide pepper sprays to girl students studying in various city-based colleges and schools for self protection. He is providing it at a rate much lesser than the market price.
Meet Aakash Shah, a resident of Adinath Society on Pune-Satara Road, who is a second year mechanical engineering diploma student studying in MIT College.
“I read articles on atrocities on women and also saw many crime serials on the television. It was then that it struck me that pepper spray can be a useful ‘weapon’ to keep perverts at bay,” said Aakash.
He added that he approached a Mumbai-based manufacturing company which provides pepper spray at Rs300 MRP. “When I told them that I want to provide the spray to girls for a cause, the supplier agreed to sell them to me at Rs225 each. I started selling them at the same rate on a no-profit-no-loss basis,” he said.
Initially, Aakash purchased 100 bottles and to check whether the girls are interested in them. “I went to various schools and colleges in Pune and started spreading awareness on woman safety. The response was not very encouraging in the earlier days. However, as I approached them in a marketing style, many parents, who accompanied their wards to the schools and colleges, started purchasing them,” he said.
Isha Pantsachiv, a first year Fergusson College student, said, “Since two days, I saw Shah near our college and speaking about the spray. I checked the market price which was Rs300. Later, I purchased it from Shah.”