Decoding personal safety rules while dating
Salome Mitter advises caution when you decide to take online dating into the real word…
February 19, the newspapers splashed headlines of a 20-year-old woman from Mumbai who had gone to meet her Facebook friend, a 25-yearold man. She was later found dead in his building. Police had revealed that the girl, Ankita More, had gone to meet the accused, Haridas Nirgude, whom she had befriended recently on a social networking site. Nirgude’s confession reveals that he strangled the girl after she refused sex.
Just like that, a young life brutally snuffed out… Dating in the 21st century is becoming increasingly reliant on online interactions. With hundreds of potential dates available at the click of a mouse, it is a most attractive proposition. However, online dating differs from real-world dating in many ways and it is highly important to safeguard yourself at all times. It could make all the difference between life and death. Here are a few basic rules to follow when interacting with virtual strangers in the real world…
Always meet in a public place. Remember, despite your online interactions, this is basically a stranger you would be meeting for the first time. However trustworthy the man might seem, you have no way of actually knowing him for what he really is.
Ensure that you meet at a coffee shop, a mall, or any public place where you would be safe and comfortable at all times.
Never agree to meet at your house or place of work. It is a bad idea to let your first time online date know your home or office address.
Ensure that you tell a family member or friend about your plans. Share details about where you will be meeting, at what