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Noida: Police to train young women to defend themselves

The initiative has been taken by the senior superintendent of police (SSP) Love Kumar in the wake of rising incidents of crime against women.

noida Updated: Jul 13, 2017 18:00 IST
Preety Acharya
The police said they will get in touch with the administrations of colleges and schools for organising the workshops.
The police said they will get in touch with the administrations of colleges and schools for organising the workshops. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo for representation)

The Gautam Budh Nagar police will soon start holding self-defence workshops for young women in the district, in schools and colleges, under the guidance of experts.

The initiative has been taken by the senior superintendent of police (SSP) Love Kumar in the wake of rising incidents of crime against women.

The police said they will get in touch with the administrations of colleges and schools for organising the workshops. The superintendent of police (rural) Suniti will be supervising this initiative. A team of officers is being formed for the workshop.

Kumar said, “The process of holding self-defence workshops for young women in the area has been started. We want women to be equipped with techniques to deal with anti-social elements in a crisis situation. Soon, this initiative will be implemented after proper planning.”

Senior police officers have been trying to come up with various initiatives to control crimes against women. Over the last few weeks, the police have been getting flak over two incidents of gang-rapes in the last two months.

On May 25, around 1.30am, eight members of a family travelling in a car from Jewar to Bulandshahr were stopped on the Jewar-Bulandshahr Road by six men. The gang robbed the family of around Rs50,000 and valuables and shot dead a man who tried to resist their attempt. They also allegedly dragged four women to a nearby field and gang-raped them.

On June 19, a woman who was picked up by three men from Gurgaon was gang-raped in a moving car. The victim was later thrown out of the car in Greater Noida in the wee hours.

A similar proposal for training girl students in schools was mooted in August 2016 by the then district magistrate NP Singh. More than 20 representatives from various schools had participated in the meeting called by the district magistrate. However, there was no further progress in the initiative.