An Indian gun manufacturer has made its first gun intended to help women defend themselves against rape.
According to The Times of India, the Indian Ordnance Factory (IOF) has manufactured Nirbheek, a .32 bore lightweight revolver. The gun is India's first firearm designed for women.
It is the factory’s first handgun made of titanium alloy and weighs 500 grams.
The gun was released on Jan. 6, and is named in tribute to Nirbhaya, the pseudonym of the 23-year-old victim of a 2012 brutal gang rape in Delhi, the paper reported.
The Nirbheek is priced at 122, 360 rupees, or about $2,000, and the factory, which is based in Kanpur, has already received about 20 orders. Eighty more people have inquired about the new firearm.
"At least 80 percent of bookings are from women licensees," says Abdul Hameed, general manager of IOF.
The gun is being described by firearms experts as a hybrid of Webley & Scott and Smith & Wesson, for its simple mechanism and light frame. It is the smallest revolver made in India and is made to easily fit a purse or a small handbag.