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A chemical in the ring can temporarily stall an assailant, thus helping a victim to escape

A Karnataka pharmacist has devised a protective finger ring that can be used to defend oneself during an assault.

“The gruesome (Dec 16) gang-rape in New Delhi last year prompted me to devise a safety ring that can be worn by women on their right index finger to defend themselves against a potential rapist or killer,” device inventor Imran Khan told IANS here.

What makes 30-year-old Khan’s ‘Sting Bee’ silver ring a reliable armour for self defence is a liquid chemical compound (Capsaicin) in the head of the ring, which on releasing from its micro tank, weakens an offender and immobilises him.

Chemical shot

“As Capsaicin is four times hotter than Bhut Jolokia (Assamese chilli) and 300 times more spicy than Guntur red chillis (from Andhra Pradesh), it stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in skin and causes shooting pain for 45 – 60 minutes in an offender when injected into his body from the ring’s micro tank using a micro pump and a micro needle,” Khan said at a preview of the ‘Sting Bee’.

Khan has tied up with a Mumbai-based jeweller to source the silver rings and with a city-based pharmacy to fill them with the drug concentrate. He said the ring would cost Rs. 1,999, excluding tax and delivery charges.

“It will be made to order on payment and delivered in a week across the country through courier. The price will gradually come done once sales volume picks up,” Khan observed.

Re-fill of the canister (micro-tank) with Capsaicin will cost Rs.1,000. Khan has set up a “Save My Sister Charitable Trust” to promote awareness against violence. The trust also plans to offer legal aid too.

“As most women wear finger rings as part of tradition or fashion, wearing an additional ring for safety should not be problem or burden. A woman wearing our compact ring can feel secure even in an adverse situation and anywhere, anytime,” Khan observed.

Admitting that a mere ring would not stop crimes against women, Khan said the device was a tool to fend off attacks.

“We have assessed the long-term impact of the device through trials to ensure there are no side-effects on both user and receiver. Barring pain, itching, burning sensation and inflammation, the chemical used in the ring is not life-threatening,” Khan noted.IANS



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