22nd Mar 2019 08:03:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Atrocities against the weaker gender of Indian society have been a common feature for centuries and it goes without saying that nowadays they are alarmingly frequent and showing no signs of immediate decline. In spite of  countless measures that have been mooted by the most knowledgeable sections of society, nothing seems to work really and women, of almost all ages continue to remain at the receiving end.
There are of course various measures in our hand currently to fight against this menace.But they are mostly by nature post-crime applications through    an    FIR, police investigation, court hearings and so on. Hardly did society thought seriously of anything that would deliver an instantaneous on the spot effect that could even prevent the crime from being committed altogether. However, with times changing fast, we now seem to be out from the conservative ways of judging things and on the threshold of welcoming a new idea- the idea of self-defense. All over the country, it’s being greeted and the recent 10-day self-defense training camp for girls at Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat is a proof that Arunachal too is thinking seriously about it.
It is sheer irony that in a country where women were being worshipped as Goddesses, crime against them are normal and largely accepted as a way of existence. The number of crimes against Indian women that have official records are just a fraction of what actually happens. It is primarily due to fear of ignominy, victims prefer to digest the sordid episodes and remain quiet. Also, it is only a fortunate few who get a helping hand from her fellow citizens. Turning a deaf ear to the screams of the victim is regrettably common. What’s more disgusting is the newly emerging trend among a portion of the netizens to capture the crime with mobile cameras and make it viral in social media, instead of rushing to the rescue.
Dirty people will always nurture sinister intentions and it cannot be expected that they will transform themselves into hermits overnight. The immediate way-out thus seems to learn the popular self-defense skills with a professional mix of various forms of martial arts. The knowledge once acquired will also simultaneously boost self-confidence and self-reliance among women particularly the girls, making life of these mischief-makers much tougher.
But short duration workshops or speeches on self-defense will be of little help. It should made mandatory in school and college curriculum. As per latest reports, Maharashtra is considering to include self-defense training a part of their school curriculum.
All states should also welcome this idea and    doubtlessly, it would be hailed in Arunachal where martial art as a tradition has been    existing  for long.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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