Time To Act! Taekwondo Black Belt And Coach Starts Campaign To Make Self-Defence Compulsory In Schools

The trend from the West has finally caught fire in India too. The situations and complexities in our country are much different from that of The States and it will take a long time for the right action to be taken against the accused. What this movement does highlight though is the hypocrisy present in the society and how women are still not safe here. Every week, we speak about the importance of women empowerment but just words will not do the job. Action needs to be taken immediately.

Maharashtra-based self-defence coach Neha Shrimal has been shocked by the recent outburst of cases dealing with sexual misconduct, assault and rape of women. She has started a campaign for self-defence to be included in school curriculum. It will be a huge step in educating the kids and also in preparing women for such unfortunate incidents.

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The importance of self-defence 

Neha is herself a black-belt in Taekwondo and she understands how important learning this skill is. Apart from being a self-defence instructor, she is also a mother to a 7-year old girl. To flag off her campaign, she has issued a petition to the Minister of School Education and Sports Department of Maharashtra. In this petition, Neha has pointed out several recent incidents on sexual misconduct against women in every part of the country. Even young girls below the age of 13 are not safe in our society today.

She believes that self-defence needs to be taught in schools from 5th standard. It makes the students mentally, physically and psychologically stronger and enhances their ability to deal with offenders. It prepares them from an early age to deal with the ‘undesirable’ elements in the society. In fact, getting self-defence training will also indirectly make the students realise that they do not have any right of intruding into someone else’s personal space without that person’s consent.

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Conducting self-defence courses do not have extreme operational difficulties. It is quite economic to implement. In fact, Neha believes that even focused training of 5-10 hours per week is enough to impart these classes.

Some excerpts from Neha Shrimal’s petition

"January, 2018 – A 15-year-old girl brutally raped in Jind, Haryana

March 2018 – An 18-year-old girl fights off three men harassing her and hands them over to police – in Birbhum, Bengal

Now look at this fact - The girl from Birbhum was learning martial arts for last 10 months.

This brave student shows us that girls can be empowered to face such situations with confidence, rather than feeling scared, victimised and helpless.

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Now look at this fact - The girl from Birbhum was learning martial arts for last 10 months.

This brave student shows us that girls can be empowered to face such situations with confidence, rather than feeling scared, victimised and helpless.

In India, over 53% children face sexual abuse. Whenever any such incidence happens, we just look at police and legal system for help. We never imagine that a girl can also have power to deal with such situations."

Neha’s petition has got 1,09,803 signatures and it is still counting. KenFolios hopes that the strong lady achieves her goal soon and makes the society safer for women.

 



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