Pervert on the bus? Mini flame-thrower “Pocket Rocket” to the rescue

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Sexual harassment, groping, molestation, whatever the name is, it’s one disgusting act that is rampant all over the world. In the Philippines alone, there is a recent increase on the incidents of men pleasuring themselves on public transportations.

Just last week, a pervert bus conductor groped and forcibly “held hands” with a helpless female passenger who fell victim to his indecent acts.

Pepper sprays and  other self-defense kits don’t seem to threaten these perverts anymore. So do people need  more painful handy anti-perv kit? Could there be a new thing to sove the problem? A Chinese manufacturer may have found the perfect remedy.

Fed up with “pervy” acts from men, an increasing number of Chinese women are arming themselves with an “anti-pervert” miniature flamethrower with the ability to spew up to one-half-meter-long fires.

The new product is portable device which fits in most ladies’ handbags. It is being sold online on Chinese shopping service Taobao and can torch pervy individuals with flames up to 1,800 degrees Celsius (3,300 Fahrenheit).

The Telegraph reported that although non-lethal, the weapon could scald or even disfigure an attacker.

“No matter where we stand, we can protect ourselves” —  one advert for the “self defense” product reads.

And the price? The “pocket rocket” flamethrowers are selling online between £10 and £15 (Php657 and Php986).

The Chinese government however, warned that such devices are against the law and civilians shouldn’t take matters into their own hands.

There is great concern that the flame-throwers could become a dangerous gadget to become popular in China; following a trend among some children for tiny crossbows which can shoot toothpicks or needles.

Owners have also been advised to take precaution when carrying the “pocket rocket”, as the switch could be accidentally triggered while still inside a handbag.

What do you think of this new “anti-perv” device? Is it too much? It definitely can be put to a lot of uses, but anything that creates fire is a hazard. And of course, if you happen to own one already, please keep it out of children’s reach.