Self-defence to be made as part of school curriculum: Maha Education Min

Mumbai :- The Maharashtra government is likely to make self-defence training as a part of the school curriculum in the state, said Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Saturday.

The decision is an outcome of an online petition filed by a woman self-defence coach from Pune, Neha Shrimal. The petition was viewed by 1.37 lakh people.

Tawde said, “The first petition that I have received is from a Pune citizen and a mother, Neha Shrimal. Neha and 1.37 lakh citizens have asked me to Make self-defence training compulsory for all the schools in Maharashtra. I have heard you and 1.37 lakh citizens.

In the petition posted on Change.org in September last year, Shrimal, a mother of seven-year-old girl, had demanded making self-defence training compulsory for all the schools in the state.

In the petition, Shrimal gave an example of how an 18-year-old girl fought off three men harassing her and handed them over to police in Birbhum in West Bengal.

“This brave student shows us that girls can be empowered to face such situations with confidence, rather than feeling scared, victimised and helpless” . Whenever any such incidence happens, we just look at police and legal system for help. We never imagine that a girl can also have power to deal with such situations,” she said.

“I believe that every child should be trained to protect themselves from an early age. I am asking Maharashtra Government to make self defence training compulsory for all the students from 5th standard onwards,” the post stated.

“Taking due cognisance of the petition, I am now considering running the programme, and making it a part of the curriculum. We recently decided to introduce an hour-long sports session for school students. And we are planning to introduce self-defence as a part of these sessions. With this, we have decided to start mandatory self-defence training in schools,” Tawde stated in his online responce.

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