Mumbai: ‘Freedom from fear’ for sex workers’ children

Mumbai: With the idea of giving a sense of confidence to victims of sexual assault and children of sex workers, a unique self defence program has been organised for them that will train handling difficult situations on the streets.

According to Priti Patkar, director of NGO called Prerna, many of the girls who are undergoing this training are second generation survivors and are children of sex workers. “In several situations, they feel unsafe when they are outdoors and hence we decided to collaborate with a physical training group and provide these girls with self defence skills,” she said.

For example, some girls recently complained to her that they were harassed by some boys in the Kharghar area. “This is exactly the kind of situation where the girls need to know about self defence so that they can deal with the problem,” she pointed out.

Explaining the concept, Vinod Muthukumar, from KOOH Sports, said that this initiative, which is called ‘Freedom from Fear’, has been created so that the women can face any hostile situation. “Learning this technique will help them understand what they need to do in a particular situation,” he said. The training will also help them to develop a presence of mind and know how to deal when they are attacked by someone, he added.

The girls who are going to be trained now are victims of trafficking and also children of sex workers, he said. “The purpose of this training is that the victims of the attack should be able to divert the attention of the attacker and manage to run away from the place,” he said. This can be done by knowing about the particular spots on the body of the attacker that can be targeted and then escaping from the place, he added.

This will be a two day training program where 50 girls will be taught for about couple of hours every day, Muthukumar said. “Not just the physical aspects, the girls will also be taught about the psychological aspects of dealing with such a scenario so they are prepared for every aspect of an attack,” he pointed out. There will be trained coaches who will be teaching the self defence skills to the girls, he said. “Even the use of a basic thing like a handbag or any other object that a woman is carrying will be explained to them,” he said.

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