De­cod­ing per­sonal safety rules while dat­ing

Salome Mit­ter ad­vises cau­tion when you decide to take on­line dat­ing into the real word…

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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

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