Women make a beeline for self-defence classes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Feb 06, 2015 11:06 IST

To fend off attackers and molesters all by themselves, women in the city are making a beeline for self-defence classes.

To deal with cases of sexual harassment, schools in city are also organising workshops to impart different self-defence techniques to students.

The Women Empowerment Safety & Security (WESS) on Thursday organised a seminar to sensitize people about the importance of gender equality. It also aimed at creating awareness on the growing instances of misuse of the law.

The panel included Gurgaon commissioner of police Navdeep Singh Virk, vice-chairperson of women commission Suman Dhaiya, assistant commissioner of police Dharna Yadav, former judge of Haryana court of India DK Sharma and Sangeeta Adlakha, vice president of the WESS.

“After the gang rape case of December 12, women are showing a zero tolerance towards sexual harassment cases. They are now coming out in the open to register such cases. Women are more aware about their rights,” said Virk.

Vice-chairperson of women commission Suman Dhaiya said that earlier women were reluctant to register crime cases and faced challenges while registering them. But now the situation has changed completely.

“We are concerned about women empower ment and safety and are working towards spreading awareness amongst them,” said the founder president of WESS.

On the other hand, 7Rupees, an NGO, organised its first self-defence workshop at Lotus Valley International School on Thursday. The NGO is being promoted by Ifraz Suri and Tarani Gupta, students of a prominent school in Gurgaon.

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