<![CDATA[In light of the many complaints of eve teasing and misbehavior reported by young girls every day, and of Delhi being pegged as the most unsafe city for women in the country, the Students’ Union of Maitreyi College in association with Delhi Police, organised a four day self defense training workshop from 19- 22 August, 2015. The venue for this event was chosen as the New Auditorium of Maitreyi College and went on from 9:30-10:30 a.m. each day. All students were requested to attend the workshops in large numbers. The main aim of this event was to empower young girls and to teach them some important techniques for self preservation and personal safety. The first day began with a short introduction on the importance of self defense in our city by Mr. Brijesh, one of the Self Defense Instructors of the Delhi Police Headquarters. He explained the essentiality of knowing how to safeguard oneself and protect our loved ones as well, especially while travelling in public transport. He also asserted the fact that self defense classes do not teach or encourage any kind of physical violence, but instead teach you how to protect yourself and be confident. There were two parts to this programme: ‘Mentality’ and ‘Physicality.’ The former involved a brief discussion on the psychological aspects of self defense, and taught the students how to be in a constant state of alertness and immediate prevention. It explained how everyone must learn to manage their emotions, that is, the fight or flight reaction while dealing with such situations and remain mentally prepared at all times. Thus, it aimed to improve their level of street awareness. In the second part, which was the physicality, a few more instructors such as Ms. Poonam and Mr. Manish, joined in and demonstrated some complete sequences of assault situations. They taught various techniques and tactics to release oneself using certain vital points in our body, and the ways to use all of one’s bodily strength and power against attackers. One of the participants, Sonal Garg, second year, B. A. Programme said, “These workshops have helped build self confidence in us. After attending these, I have learnt to be completely fearless and emerged much stronger than before.” Shagun Marwah [email protected]]]>
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