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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
Express News Service | Kolkata | Posted: January 17, 2014 5:18 am | 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.”

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