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Women in India's capital of New Delhi are now allowed to travel with "a small knife for self-protection" on the city's metro, according to the Hindustan Times.

Apparently, the city's police force are so tired of confiscating these types of weapons—knives up to four inches long—each day, they've decided to just allow them.

"World over it is a practice that only items that can cause mass destruction are not allowed," said an official. "We carried a review and found that with these items, passengers' safety is not in danger."

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Although the city officials and the Hindustan Times make no connection between this development and a terrible incident in Bangalore, India on New Year's Eve, it's difficult not to draw a line between the allegations of sexual assault on a massive scale and the decision to let women take protection into their own hands when in public.

Opinion has been mixed regarding the development:

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The Delhi metro already offers a women-only car in a city that's notorious for failing to guarantee women's safety.