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Physical training must for women: Mary Kom

Boxer MC Mary Kom and shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Kolkata Thursday. PTI Boxer MC Mary Kom and shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Kolkata Thursday. PTI
By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: January 17, 2014 1:09 pm


Just hours after a Danish woman was gang aped in Delhi, Olympic medal-winning boxer MC Mary Kom raised concerns about safety of women in the country.

“Nowadays women are not really safe. So I would urge them to have some kind of physical training to prevent sexual assaults, because you need to be strong and fit to fight the attackers. I would also tell them to fight sexual offence without fear,” said the boxer who won a bronze medal in the women’s flyweight category in the 2012 London Olympics.

‘Magnificent Mary’, who is also a five-time World Boxing champion, said she faced a sexual attack when she was 18 but had managed to knock the offender out.

“I was just 18 and was going to church on a Sunday. I was wearing a traditional wraparound dress and took a rickshaw because I was a little late. Suddenly the rickshaw puller caught my hand and tried to molest me. He got a kick and a punch and fell flat. I managed to take him on because I was fit and strong. But that incident taught me a lesson that as a woman, I’ve to be very alert all the time and must have courage (to fight the odds),” said Mary Kom, who paid a visit to the city today to take part in an interactive session organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation.

Incidentally, Mary Kom recently launched a mobile application that will teach self-defence and will offer tips to fight sexual attacks.

Olympic silver medal-winning shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, too, was present on the occasion and said change has become “imperative”.

Rathore, who started his political career by joining the BJP last year, said: “I’ve joined politics because I like challenges. I believe change is coming and I want to be a part of the change.”
Asked about the former India captain Sourav Ganguly reportedly being approached by the BJP, he said: “Sourav is a born fighter. Whatever he will do will be his decision.”

First Published on: January 17, 20145:18 am
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