Published: 26th March 2018
Now, Meghalaya schoolgirls to be taught to kick sexual abusers by Karate champ Linza Syiem
The move comes after the Delhi police initiated something similar and aims to bring power, empowerment and protection to women in the district
Taking a cue from the Delhi police model of a self-defense programme for girls, West Khasi Hills district authorities in Meghalaya have appointed former Karate world champion Linza F Syiem to train school girls to fight against sexual harassment.
Announcing this, district deputy commissioner said "for the first time we are starting a month-long comprehensive self-defense training under the District Sports Promotion Society." He said the initiative was aimed at a deterrent against eve teasing, hooliganism, indecent behaviour or public nuisance on the road.
West Khasi Hills district has a high number of POCSO cases and the number of such cases has risen in the last three years, he said. The National Crime Research Bureau recorded 6.8 per cent crime against women in 2015. The percentage more than doubled in 2016.
The self-defense program will be funded by the District Sports Promotion Society and District Sports Officer P B War Nongbri said this was the first time that his office was organising such a programme.