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Safety shield for college girls
Martial arts tips to thwart teasers

Eve-teasers would be in trouble sooner than later if they try to mess with college girls in the city.

Some educational institutions in the city — Sri Arvind Mahila College, JD Women’s College, Ganga Devi Mahila College and Magadh Mahila College — would soon start training their students in martial arts as a means of self-defence. While some colleges have decided to start the training as soon as possible, others would wait till the new session in July to work out the funding and other formalities.

“Every day we hear of rape and teasing. The safety of women is at stake. So, we believe that it is the duty of educational institutions to train girls in self-defence techniques,” said Usha Singh, principal, JD Women’s College.

She added that though they had not decided on the dates, the martial arts classes would start soon.

Abha Jha, a teacher of the college, had earlier told The Telegraph that compulsory physical training for students of private and government educational institutions was on her new year wishlist.

Sri Arvind Mahila College has decided to start the training from February though they are not yet sure of how to get the funds for it.

Principal Asha Singh said: “Our college does not have the funds to hire a trainer. So we have decided to send a proposal to the state government regarding the project. We are hopeful that the state government would accept our proposal considering the spurt in crimes against women in recent times.”

She added that the classes would start in February irrespective of how the funding plan works out.

“Even if we don’t get funds from the state government, we shall arrange for sponsors and start the classes in February at any cost. The safety of girls has become a major concern,” said the principal.

The college has 4,000 students. The self-defence training would not be compulsory but Singh said she would like all her students to take part. “I won’t force anyone to learn but I would like all of them to,” she said.

“We have all read about women being teased or molested. The only way to ensure their safety is teaching them martial arts,” she added.

Other colleges are planning elaborately before launching the self-defence training classes.

Mitali Mitra, the physical education teacher and sports trainer of Magadh Mahila College, said: “In our college, the training sessions would start in July.”

Students are naturally happy with the initiative of their institutions.

“I cannot rely on others for my protection. So it is better for me if I learn self-defence techniques. I am very happy that my college is planning to start martial arts classes for us,” said Rimjhim, an MSc Part I student of Magadh Mahila College.

Besides martial arts, a college is planning to impart moral lessons to students so that they do not fall into traps. At Ganga Devi Mahila College, students would learn to resist temptations.

“Women students often get vulgar texts on their cellphones. Sometimes their boyfriends lure them with expensive gifts. We would tell the girls how to deal with such situations,” said Usha Sinha, the principal of the college.

She added that on January 20, an NSS camp would be conducted in the college and students would learn about martial arts and morality as an effective combination to keep trouble at bay.

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