Traffic police train women staff in karate
“After women officials were molested at Azad Maidan last year, we felt it was necessary for them to be able to protect themselves. The gangrape in Delhi only heightened the need to have a self-defence programme in place. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Vivek Phansalkar took the decision to start the karate training last week,” said Subhash Nilewad, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), South region.
The women are being trained by seasoned karate exponent Chandrawadan Govai, who has represented India in competitions across 20 countries.
Each batch will train for 10 days each for four hours daily, from 7-8 am and 4-7 pm.
“Traffic police officials are vulnerable to attack because in addition to traffic duty, they also have to deal with street crime. Only two weeks ago, two of our men apprehended a man who stabbed a youngster at Bharatmata Cinema. It is important that our personnel are strong physically and mentally,” Nilewad said.
“It is dispiriting for the force when one of them is attacked. For us, they are women first and then police personnel. This will also send a message that women in people can’t misbehave with women in uniform,” he said.
Nilewad added that once all women are trained, refresher courses will be held for
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