‘’The 23-year-old girl, Soumya was raped after being pushed out of a moving train by a beggar died at a private hospital in Thrissur. The girl, who was brutally attacked and raped after being kicked out of a running train, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital after fighting for life for five long days….’’
The media attention that the above mentioned incident received is the cause that every household of our state became familiar to this incident. It is not the single issue. There are more such cases which go unreported every day. In the past few months, our state has experienced some of the shameful brutal exploitation of women which has soundly disgraced our culture.
‘What would have I done, If I was that women’ was the most common question which rocked the mind many women commuters in those days. Every 26 minutes a woman is molested, every 34 minutes a rape takes place, and every 43 minutes a woman is kidnapped, according to the Home Ministry's National Crime Records Bureau. We cannot neglect the fact that criminal minds are increasing rapidly and any person irrespective of their sex can be their victim. But, women are always targeted simply as their prey.
A girl or a woman can be attacked at any point of time, be it while travelling in train or at a bus stations or anywhere. This sum up that woman is not even safe in public places, the dark night and odd working hours are becoming evil for women of our State. But this plight of our State cannot be left out to get worsen. It has to be cured and it has to be tackled. Even, the Millennium Development Goal 3 of World Health Organization has addressed that elimination of violence against women is vital for improving gender equality and women's empowerment.
In order to achieve a sustainable growth for our State, woman must be made secure. And no one but woman only can make herself safe in the society. Self-defense is the way out and Self-defense starts with the mind. The ultimate victory is avoiding the fight. Women must always trust in their gut feeling. Weaker moments in tough times bring only loss. So, the mind and the will power should be strong.
It is in this scenario that The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) proposes to implement ‘Self-defense training for adolescent girls in Kerala’. The idea of ‘Self –defense training for adolescent girls’ is to build confidence among the girls and women to protect themselves against the sudden attacks & violence. Self defense is the action by which a person protects himself/herself from any bodily harm arising out of an encounters or attacks from other person either by protecting him/her or by blocking the opponents advancement by a counter attack. Self defense is not a crime, so accused may be tempted to show their action as self defense to escape punishment. Self defense is a skill that can be learned by almost woman. All women should know self defense techniques as most girls and women face sudden attacks or dangers on the way to school, colleges, work, etc.
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