Amidst the excitement for the passing-out parade in Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA) on Monday morning, 21-year-old constable Divya Singh marveled at how much she has changed in the past one year. In between the martial art demonstration that Divya and her fellow batch mates put up, it was evident that she was no longer the nervous small town girl from Dholpur who had enrolled in the academy nine months back.
A spectacular display of self-defence techniques by a group of 69 female constables and sub inspectors in the sprawling training ground of the academy invited a huge round of applause from top cops and politicians present on the occasion.
“We trained for six hours every day in order to make this demonstration a success. As I reflect upon my time here, I understand that self-defence training gave a boost to my confidence. Nowadays, there is a dire need for women to learn how to protect themselves in wake of physical attacks,” said Singh.
Though the demonstration lasted for 15 minutes, it included stunts such as jumping through burning tyres and breaking tiles with bare hands. Among the attendees, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and director general of police (DGP) Manoj Bhatt were all praises for the participating women cadets.
“The demonstrations today included various disciplines and variants of Judo, karate, Kata and other techniques of unarmed fight combat. Apart from the training compulsory for all police recruits, these women also underwent a rigorous training in physical combat which is generally imparted to commandos,” said Vikram Singh, physical training instructor, Rajasthan Police Academy.
Most of the women in the demonstration hail from small townships and villages across the state while many of the cadets are married and have toddlers, many of whom were seen tugging the end of the uniforms of their mothers after the parade.
The success of the proteges reflected among their trainers, who radiated joy and pride as senior police officials congratulated them for their hard work. Instructors Vikram Singh, Mahesh and Yudhishtir were the ones who were instrumental behind the demonstration by the women.
As the ceremony came to an end, amidst the jubilation, nostalgia lingered on the faces of many cadets, as they bid farewell to their batch mates who were the only friends they knew during their time in the academy.