Braid-chopping fallout: Businessman shelves plan to sell pepper spray

Syed Basharat, the businessman, had placed ads in newspaper advertisement earlier this month to create a retail network for the spray.

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 24 2017 12:17AM | Updated Date: Oct 24 2017 12:17AM
Braid-chopping fallout: Businessman shelves plan to sell pepper sprayFile Photo

A businessman shelved the idea of selling to women pepper spray gun for self-defence, as he feared its misuse in the charged atmosphere created by dozens of incidents of “braid-chopping” during the past one and a half month.

Syed Basharat, the businessman, had placed ads in newspaper advertisement earlier this month to create a retail network for the spray.

“The possible misuse of this spray by mischievous elements can prove to be counterproductive. So I am not going ahead with the plan as of now,” Basharat told Greater Kashmir.

Basharat said he had been receiving calls from prospective retailers and customers after the publication of the ad.

“I was planning to get this product from Mumbai. This is a non-lethal pepper spray but we have now delayed its sale. Many of my friends said miscreants might misuse it,” Basharat said.  

Pepper sprays cause nasal irritation or breathlessness for a brief moment and is used by women to fend off assailants.

President Chemists and Druggists Association Fayaz Azad said he did not know of any drug store that sells such sprays. 

But the owners of a few leading departmental stores in the city, some of which this reporter visited, said they do sell these "defensive sprays".

“We have exhausted the stock and will be receiving a fresh batch tomorrow,” said a sales executive of a leading departmental store at Sanat Nagar.

A sales person at a departmental store at Residency Road said that they stock imported pepper spray.

“We have been getting calls regarding its availability,” she said.

In the wake of growing braid-chopping incidents, demand for surveillance products such as CCTV cameras and Video Door Phones also went up during the past one month.