A women’s commando squad — trained in Filipino martial arts and capable of neutralising a threat using innocuous objects such as a pen or a hairpin — will now patrol trains and stations of the Delhi Metro to ensure safety of female passengers.
Till now only special units of the Army or NSG commandos have trained in the martial art form. This is the first time women security personnel are being given the training.
A team of 25 commandos has been trained by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in ‘Pekiti-Tirsia Kali’ (PTK) — a decades-old martial art form that originated in Philippines. The close-quarter, unarmed combat skill is used to take on multiple opponents by using obscure objects usually worn on the body.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) MD Mangu Singh on Friday commissioned the first batch of the squad after they finished their 50-day rigorous training.
“DMRC and CISF are committed to passenger security in the Delhi Metro, especially that of women. The women commandos will give confidence to passengers and women travelling on the Metro,” Singh said.
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Most of these women are under 30 years and have been trained to tactically use common objects such as pens, hairpins, caps, belts, shoe laces, keys and sandals “to take on rogue elements”.
“This special martial art form ensures less harm to the suspect and he or she is neutralised quickly. In sensitive cases, we need the suspect alive so that he can be questioned for further leads,” CISF Inspector General (North) H V Chaturvedi said.
According to Chaturvedi, CISF will deploy these women in civil clothes as well as in uniform. These specially trained women will also be a part of its quick reaction teams.
CISF officers said women were chosen over their male counterparts for this tough training as this will also help them to secure themselves when they travel back to their barracks alone after work.