In a bid to utilise their summer vacation constructively, 1,000-odd underprivileged girls, mostly Muslims, are learning self-defense skills, including how to thwart acid attacks and beat up molesters.
In the training session organised by Delhi Police, burqa-clad women can be seen appreciating the defense skills displayed by their daughters, mostly from underprivileged Muslim families at the Jamia Sports Complex.
The Jamia Nagar police's effort has made a difference and girls, some of who were not allowed to even step out of their houses, are now coming forward for the training. The world-class facilities and training given to the girls is showing results.
"In our time, we were not allowed to come out of our house. The same thing was happening with our daughters as girls are only allowed to go to school and come back. This initiative has given us confidence and we are ready to send our daughters for training," said Naseem, who was cheering for her 8-year-old daughter, who was displaying martial arts skill.
"The self-defense training initiative is meant to empower women through exposure in techniques of martial arts. Not only does it help women protect themselves from attacks by eve-teasers and anti-social elements, it also helps in building self-esteem," said Ajay Chaudhry, additional CP (southeast).
The training programme was held in association with Shikhar NGO.