Women in China now have a new weapon to guard themselves against dangerous perverts — a flamethrower that can conveniently fit into their handbag.
On Monday, Beijing Youth Daily published a story about the unusual new “anti-pervert devices” up for sale on Chinese e-commerce platforms. According to the paper, hundreds of these pocket-sized flamethrowers of questionable legality have already been sold around the country.
Indeed, a search on Taobao for “anti-pervert devices” turns up a range of items, like pepper spray and rings which emit an electric shock. However, the flamethrowers do stand out a bit from the rest.
Priced between 33 yuan to 300 yuan, the devices promise to be an effective deterrent against anyone who might try to cop a feel. One vendor boasts that it can “scald or even disfigure an attacker,” while another notes that the flamethrower is not a weapon, but merely a “non-lethal tool” — which can leave someone scarred for life with scalding-hot flames shooting out some 50 centimeters.
The only problem with these devices seems to be that police have called for their recall and have said that they are technically illegal to ship. Meanwhile, media outlets have understandably been a bit concerned with the possible public safety issues resulting from people walking around with flamethrowers in their pockets.
“Of course perverts are scary, but what’s even scarier are these ‘anti-pervert devices,” read one opinion piece in a Wuhan-based news portal.
[Images via Taobao]
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