Concern about rape in India hit the national and international radar in 2012 when a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist was brutally raped by a public bus driver and his friends in Delhi.Umpteen statistics and reports show this, and the rising cases of violence, assaults, and rapes across the nation have created an atmosphere of fear in the minds of women and girls.
In response to growing national attention to the problem of rape in India, 39 Ward TMC have started a free karate center for girls. The classes will be conducted under the able guidance of golden girl Ayesha Noor.
Md Jasimuddin said ” All girls in our country must learn self-defense.We want all girls to be able to know what to do when faced with assault, be it at the workplace on the streets or even at home.”
Welcoming the move, Smita Bakshi, MLA from Jorasanko said “Teaching girls to defend themselves would be useful means to empower them.The training would help the students to escape from difficult situations like abduction, apart from making them mentally strong and confident.”
M A Ali director of the centre said living safe and free from violence is everyone’s right and reducing violence is everyone’s responsibility. “It is always better to stop something bad from happening than to deal with it after it happened. One of the best forms of self defence is personal protective measures. This self defence training is to help deal with assailants who have dangerous weapons, improving one’s chances of staying safe.” Ali added.