It is time for the girls to roll up their sleeves and gear up for self-defence techniques. Following a directive by the UP State Legal Service Authority, the all-girls’ schools and colleges would soon have training sessions by martial arts experts and police.
Pramod Kumar Goel, member secretary of the legal authority, had last month written to all the chairmen/ district & sessions judges/district legal services authorities/civil court campuses in UP that educational institutions must organise camps to train girls on how to defend themselves against any kind of sexual harassment.
Consequently, regional higher education officer Ram Sahai directed school and college principals to make necessary arrangements in this regard.
Officials said these training sessions would gradually be extended to co-educational institutions as well.
The idea of training girls in selfdefence techniques was first mooted by former President, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, during her visit to IT College in Lucknow in November 2011. Teachers and students, particularly the girls, welcomed the proposal, saying that it would instil a sense of confidence among the fair sex.
“Self-defence has always been an issue for girls. The fears have grown post the Delhi gang rape incident and we are glad that training sessions would be held in our schools,” said Sakshi, a student of class 12.
In the past, similar training sessions were organised at the Kailash hostel of Lucknow University after the city saw a spurt in crime against women in early 2000. Regular drills were carried out that boosted the confidence and overall morale of girl students.
The practice was replicated in various other colleges, but was later discontinued due to lack of proper mechanism.
But now with these training sessions all set to make a comeback on campuses, girl students are set to higher better morale.