Bumble dating has another horror story coming from the US. A man was arrested for kidnapping and assaulting (including sexual assault) a woman he met on Bumble. The woman was kept locked at his apartment for nearly five days, beaten up, sexually assaulted, and starved of food and water, before she managed to escape.
What happened: A Texan man, identified as 21-year-old Zachary Mills, was arrested on December 29, 2022, for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a woman he had met on Bumble.
Online dating: There have been many such cases of online dating gone wrong. In India, recently, the Shraddha Walkar murder case brought Bumble into the spotlight, as the victim and the accused, Aftab Amin Poonawalla, had met on the online dating app. And the accused continued to be on the platform, meeting other women, after the murder of Walkar.
So, if you are out there on the online dating market (man or woman), here are some tips on staying safe while navigating the online-dating maze. Rule number one is to avoid going to anybody's apartment on the first date.
Of course, it is difficult to judge a person in the beginning on whether they have good or bad intentions. And the ball shouldn't be in the victim's (often a woman's) court to ensure no harm is brought to them.
The big picture: Nobody is going on a date with a book on reading human psychology and body language to determine whether the date is a potential criminal. Online dating apps, the authorities and society, in general, should up their ante on providing a safe environment for women and actually holding responsible and punishing the criminals.