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Make Self-Defence a Mandatory Part of School and College Curricula for Female Students
A minor girl sexually harassed. Newly-wed faces physical abuse by her husband. Bullying in school left a 15-year-old girl traumatized. Words we wake up to, every day. The reality is darker than these headlines in the newspapers. According to the Crime in India 2016 report by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), around 39 crimes against women are reported every hour in the country. Sadly, we have no data about the ones that go unreported. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report highlights that every third woman in India, since the age of 15, has faced some form of domestic violence – bringing forth the harsh truth that you or the women you know, could have been a victim. With every incident, it is becoming more and more imperative for women to know how to protect and defend themselves, if ever the need arises. For a safer world, there’s a crucial requirement to teach self-defence to girls from an early age, so that they grow up to become self-reliant, strong and confident individuals. Self-defence would prepare them for any unforeseen circumstance and can also empower them to help others in time of need. Self-defence classes have many benefits apart from just safety. They sharpen your reflexes, keep you fit, reduce stress, raise self-awareness, and also teach you discipline – skills that can help every woman lead a happy and safe life. We appeal to the Government of India; Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi; Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Shri Prakash Javedkar; Hon’ble Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi; and MP of Rajya Sabha for Uttar Pradesh, Smt. Jaya Bachchan to make self-defence classes a mandatory part of school and college curricula for female students. Sign the petition and help us spread the message about the urgent importance of self-defence education. Let’s come together and build a better society where every individual prospers and enjoys freedom, equality and respect.