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“OBAVVA ART OF SELF DEFENSE TRAINING”: KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT INAUGURATES SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING FOR GIRLS

by Sai Shruti

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Highlights-
  • The Karnataka government has launched a self-defense training program for girls.
  • The training program is named ‘Obavva Art of Self Defense Training’.
  • The program aims to train around 50,000 girls in the state.

Self-defense is a basic skill necessary for all, especially for girls. The government has launched various programs to ensure girls’ safety, but that is not enough. The girls should be strong and trained enough to defend themselves during times of need through self-defense.

For the girls of Karnataka, the state Government has launched a self-defense training program. The training program named ‘Obavva Art of Self Defense Training’ aims to train around 50,000 girls in the state.

First phase of the program

The "Obavva Art of Self Defense Training" was launched at an event held in Vidhana Soudha. During the launch of the program for girl students studying in boarding schools run by the Social Welfare Department, The Karnataka CM Bommai said that in the first phase, over 50,000 girl students staying in Backward Classes and Social Welfare Department hostels will be trained in self-defense.

Self-defense, a basic skill to be known by all

The CM of Karnataka, Bommai has directed the Home Department to train women in self-defense at Police Training Schools. He said "To avoid atrocities against women, numerous laws, programs, and money have been enacted. However, they must also be taught self-defense. Rogue elements can be taught a lesson if they have self-defense skills”.

Named after woman warrior

The program is named after Onake Obavva, a woman warrior who defeated intruders from the then-Hyder Ali army at Chitradurga's Madakarinayakana Kote fort. The CM said Karnataka is proud of its history of strong women such as Kittur Rani Chennamma and Belavadi Mallamma.

Tonic for self-defense

The chief minister further said that the departments of law, education, and the home, as well as society, should collaborate to safeguard women's safety and dignity. Bommai emphasized the importance of a person's self-confidence, saying that it is the most important requirement for mastering self-defense.
"Self-assured people are the best at defending themselves. Self-assurance acts as a tonic for self-defense. That tonic is being provided to you by the Minister of Social Welfare and department personnel "he said.

Self-defense training on par with military training

Meanwhile, the state government plans to induct 7,500 more NCC cadets each year with a budget of Rs 1,200 per cadet, as well as establish 75 new NCC units in schools and colleges. By 2023, the number of NCC cadets in the state would have risen to over 50,000. The chief minister said a new program is being developed to provide NCC girl cadets with self-defense training on par with military training.

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