Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi on Saturday pitched for compulsory self-defence training for girls from the age of seven years even at the expense of saying “goodbye” to regular subjects so that she can be able to “hit back” if somebody dares to misbehave with her.
“I want to urge you all to start campaign to educate girl students in self defense. At the age of seven or so, every girl in school should be put through a compulsory self-defence training program which should continue till class 10,” said Bassi.
By the time she is in class 10, she has undergone that self-defence training…While walking down the street if somebody, misbehaves, if she decides to hit back, she will be able to defend. If she doesn’t hit back then that is separate issue, he said while speaking at an interactive session organised by self-defence training for girls on women safety in Delhi.
“That (ability) has to be created among the girls by the time they become vulnerable. If you see the age group of women who become victims, of rapes and molestation – of course you have kids of 4 and women of 70-80 – is from the age of 15-35. At 35, woman will still have physical capacity to defend herself if trained.
“All of you must campaign, that a girl when she reaches her class three, should have a compulsory self defense class even if we have to say goodbye to sociology or maybe even political science class. And by the time she is class 10, she is a black belt,” the Delhi Police Commissioner said.
Bassi also said that the December 16 gangrape brought “increased attention” on crime against women and that “truthful” recording of incidents saw a rise of almost 500 per cent rise in offence against the fairer sex.
“One of the key takeaway from the December 16 gangrape was that cases were not registered due to reluctance on part of the victim and also at time on part of policemen.
“Consequently, it was mandated by an amendment in the year 2013 and also after a lot of debate that if a woman comes to a police station, she will not be denied registration of an FIR if she reports a cognizable offence,” said Bassi. “Then we found that crime against women started rising by almost 500 per cent. So we took a decision that if that is the case…we will go for truthful recording of crime.” The result is in front of you, he said.
According to data compiled by police, while 706 case of rapes were reported in the city during 2012, the number more than doubled in 2013 to 1636. So far in the first six months of 2014, 984 cases of rape have been reported against 869 in the same period last year.