The recent spurt in crime graph is not only giving sleepless nights to women, but also keeping the police on its toes.
To help women become more self-reliant, a social organisation is imparting free-of-cost training in self-defence to school and college-going girls.
"We have organised as many as seven camps of school and college-going girls. We train them in judo and karate, so that in case of assault, they can protect themselves and give a befitting reply to the miscreants through martial arts," Rajinder Shingari, president of the local unit of the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.
He said under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, there was a provision and allocated budget to impart training to girl students in self-defence.
"We impart free-of-cost training in martial arts to girl students. We want them to tackle any assault or miscreant on their own and not be dependent on the police," added Shingari.
Sharing her experience, Amanpreet Kaur (22), resident of Shahkot, who underwent training by the trust, said, "I was recently attacked by three youths. They tried to snatch my mobile phone, but I put up a good fight and gave them powerful punches. The trio was forced to flee."
"The five-day training in martial arts has helped develop my self-confidence. I don't fear men and can give a befitting reply to anybody now," she added.
Talking on similar lines, Majot Kaur of Punia village in Shahkot, said, "A few days ago, when I was on my way to the school, three youths starting chasing me. I did not panic and gave them a sound beating."
"I learnt karate to protect myself. People in my village know about the martial art. I've gained confidence and nobody dares to make a pass at me," she added.
Karate coach Daljit Singh Rerwan said, "I attained a Black Belt in Karate and have trained as many as 5,000 girls from economically backward families."
"My aim is to impart training to at least 50,000 girls and for that, I'm willing to sacrifice any financial gain," he added.
Stating that he had also trained his eight-year-old daughter, Gurvir Kaur, in martial arts, Rerwan added, "Now my daughter trains girl students of her age in the village."
"Though there are some karate schools in the city, they charge hefty fees that it is not possible for poor girls to enroll and seek training," he said.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that products such as pepper sprays have been launched for the self-defence of women, a move being encouraged by the police.