With crime against women rising every day, the West Khasi Hills district authorities in Meghalaya have decided to ensure that young girls will be able to protect themselves if they are attacked or abused. They have appointed former karate world champion, Linza F Syiem, who will be training school girls and teach them how to fight against sexual harassment and protect themselves.
It will be a month-long comprehensive self defence training programme. It will be funded by the District Sports Promotion Society. District Sports Officer P B War Nongbri stated that this was the first time that his office was organising such a programme.
West Khasi Hills district has a high numbers of POCSO cases and the number of such cases has risen in the last three years. This initiative will help equip the girls with enough training to put up a fight when they come across people who mean harm.