To fight crime against women, self- defence classes for girls in Delhi govt schools
The Delhi government on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it will introduce self defence classes for girls studying in its schools in the coming months, taking into account the trend in crimes against women.
The government’s decision comes after a bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Yogesh Khanna asked if self defence courses could be made a part of the school curriculum.
The court noted that these self defence classes are preventive measures “to arm and strengthen” the girls and ensure their protection. It also suggested that these girls could be imparted special techniques on self defence on a priority basis.
“You have to train them,” the court said, following which senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra said he has got instruction from the government that self defence classes will be introduced on priority basis in coming months.
On allegation by Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA) that the Rape Victim Compensation Scheme in the capital was starved of funds from the government, the high court directed the government to immediately release Rs 8 crore to DSLSA.
DSLSA, which dispenses monetary compensation to rape victims, said due to fund crunch atleast 308 claims were pending with it.
On this, Mehra assured the court that Rs 40 crore will be made available to DSLSA, the proposal for which will be cleared by the cabinet soon.
Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal, who was personally present in court, said that six rapes incidents are reported everyday in the capital. Maliwal highlighted the issue of shortage of police personnel to deal with increasing crime rate in Delhi.
The Delhi Police, one of the largest Metropolitan Police force in the world with a current strength of 76,000, currently requires an additional manpower of 54,482 personnel to improve policing in the capital.
However, only 14,753 new posts have been cleared by home ministry and that too is pending approval by “competent authority”. The police force has been facing criticism for rising crime, particularly those against women.
Mehra also said that due to the addition of a second forensic sciences laboratory (FSL), in Chanakyapuri, the number of cases pending forensic evaluation had reduced to one-third of what was pending about a year ago.
However, taking into consideration that more than 6,000 samples were still pending before the FSL, the high court asked the government to consider formulating a policy wherein the oldest, heinous and important cases are prioritised.