The wives and daughters of policemen who were on duty during the 26/11 terror attacks will now be trained in computers, accountancy and English-speaking skills.
The Indian chapter of Vienna-based non-profit organisation, Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE), has decided to launch an income-generation programme for women affected by terror through three-month courses in these subjects, likely to begin in April 2011.
“The aim of the programme is to make housewives from police families employable, so they can add to their household income,” said Archana Kapoor, president of SAVE India, which aims to provide placements for at least 50% of the participants.
On Wednesday, SAVE India held a meeting with more than 20 of these women at the Police Gymkhana, along with Vinita Kamte and Anjana Dalal, wives of slain additional commissioner of police (East) Ashok Kamte and current commissioner of police Sanjeev Dayal respectively.
Computer training and English-speaking skills emerged as the most popular courses, which will begin once the women help enlist at least 180 more women into the programme.
“I never imagined that I could look beyond my house, but now that my children are older, I am inspired to do something for myself,” said Urmila Andhale (32), a Crawford Market resident whose husband is in the bomb squad.
Funded by the organisation’s Vienna office, the courses will be conducted in day-time shifts at a venue yet to be finalised.
While most were eager to take up part-time jobs after the course, some like Ashwini Jadhav, wife of constable Arun Jadhav who survived five terrorist bullets during the attacks, are not as hopeful.
“I will join the course to build my confidence and knowledge, but my husband would not like it if I worked,” said Ashwini, who had been nursing her husband until April, when he was operated on to remove the last of the bullets.