Panaji: Say cheers , girls ! Next time when you are on a trip to Goa , you can enjoy its buzzing nightlife without any safety jitters . Some of the state’s popular watering holes are now using a secret code to ensure women feel safe when they are on a night out . If a woman is feeling uncomfortable or unsafe at any time , the secret code is her ‘ angle shot to safety- she can use it to send out a message to the bartender or any other staff and get the required help . A well – known practice in several foreign countries , it is now catching on in Goa as bars and restaurants are keen to create safe spaces for women customers .
The initiative is the brainchild of Priyansha Mishra , a former product manager at Microsoft , who has started an online community for women travellers . She read about the ‘ angelshot ‘ concept and realised that nothing like that existed in India , and if it did , not much was known about it . ” One of the nights , when I gathered the courage to step out , I saw a poster for a code – word shot at a bar in Anjuna and I was delighted , ” said Mishra , adding that it generated an instant feeling of safety . ” That’s when I realised how these little things go a long way in making a woman feel safe and helping her get out of uncomfortable situations . “
Mishra took it upon herself to connect with entrepreneurs in the state to try and popularise the idea . She said it was initially difficult to find bars and restaurants that would commit and actually make the changes happen , but 10 finally signed up for the initiative .
These select establishs have to train their bar tenders and other staff in ‘ bystander intervention tech niques , appoint designated persons to assist women when approached , and introduce a code word shot . ” The training is to help the bar staff understand the right way to in or threatened . ” said Mishra .