As many as 26 women conductors recruited by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) are being given training on self-defence. The week-long training programme, which started on Monday, was inaugurated by AS Cheema, UT deputy inspector general. TPS Phulka, director, CTU, was also present on the occasion. The training course is aimed at generating confidence among women so that they can deal with any untoward incidents during their job.
Sandeep Kaur, who joined the CTU about a month back, said, “I wanted to become a conductor because my mother wished so.”
Sandeep, 24, said she and some new women conductors recruited by the CTU were being given training on self-defence. “I am quite happy doing this job and am sure the workshop will help us to deal with any kind of tricky situation,”she said, adding that her cousin had also joined the CTU as a conductor.
Similarly Jasmine, 20, who is pursuing graduation, joined the CTU just about 10 days back. Hailing from Moga, Jasmine said, “My family motivated me to adopt this profession as there is nothing in this world that women can’t do, or achieve. The training on self-defence will further strengthen our spirit.”
These women conductors are being trained by officials of the Chandigarh police at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), Sector 43, to protect themselves from eve teasing, chain snatching, knife or stick attack, front fall, etc. Total 10 women police officials of the IRB police have also joined the camp.
The training programme is a joint initiative of Chandigarh police and the CTU to generate self-confidence among women conductors so that they can protect not only themselves, but also passengers, especially women, from eve-teasers.
Chandigarh is the third state/union territory in the country after Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh to recruit women conductors.
These women conductors will be deployed on routes which have more female commuters or in all-women buses.