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Girls to get self-defence training

Jorhat, Dec. 24: Girl students of schools and colleges in Upper Assam districts will soon be imparted training in self-defence.

The proposed move comes in the wake of recent incidents of attacks on women in the state (the GS Road molestation case in July) as well as across the country with the Delhi gangrape incident sparking an uproar throughout India.

Commissioner (Upper Assam division), S.I. Hussain, told this correspondent here today that he had held discussions with senior army officials deputed to NCC in the five districts and also with police officials to devise a short-term training programme for girl students of schools and colleges. This would make them mentally strong and also to give tips to physically overcome any situation in which a girl is subjected to assaults.

“Going by the kind of incidents of violence against young women especially on the streets and in public places in the country — Assam, too, witnessing such crimes — there is an urgent need to make our young generation strong, both mentally and physically, to cope with such situations,” Hussain said.

He said he had also decided to involve women lawyers, women government officials and NGOs working on women’s issues in the proposed initiative. They will sensitise the girls on how to deal with post-violence trauma by delivering motivational lectures.

Hussain said that along with physical empowerment, the feeling of mental strength is necessary. He said that a short training module on the subject would be prepared by the NCC and police officials jointly. Apart from demonstrations, audio-visual presentations will be included in the module.

Hussain said he had proposed that initially the NCC girl cadets be given training on how to defend themselves from any attempt to physically harm them in public places. The commissioner said he had been told by army and police officials that there are some techniques and tips to be followed to neutralise such ill-intentioned moves.

He said after undergoing the training, the NCC cadets in batches would impart training to girl students of schools and colleges cluster-wise in the districts. Hussain said that the training programme would be held on Sundays and other holidays so that classes were not affected.

The offices of the inspector of schools, district elementary education officer and deputy commissioner will coordinate with students’ unions and NCC offices in the districts to organise the training.

Hussain said he had also requested the NCC officials to be present during the training to be imparted by the NCC cadets to the students.

Hussain said along with the training programme, a massive campaign on violence against women is being planned by organising rallies and processions. This is intended to make young men understand that eve-teasing, any indecent move or remark or forceful physical touch is a crime and could land them behind bars.