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Compulsory self-defence course for school girls: BJP promises

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today attacked government over the issue of women's security and said if voted to power, it will introduce compulsory self-defense course for girls in schools and set up a special force to protect women.

Leader of the Opposition in Sushma Swaraj, while announcing measures the party intends to take after it comes to power in Delhi, said government's "failure" to provide security to women is the "biggest failure" and said wants to create an environment free from "fear, harassment and exploitation".

The cases of December 16 gangrape and that of 'Guidya' had portrayed the national capital in "bad" light and it is now referred to as the "rape capital", she said.

Annoucing the measures, she said the party promises to bring attitudinal change in society towards women, provide them self-defence training, improve and order situation and adopt an empathetical approach towards a rape victim.

"We would focus on gender sensitivity and make it a part of CBSE curriculum, introduce mixed sports events in all schools and colleges to inculcate healthy relationships," she said.

The party would encourage self-defense among girls and open judo and karate schools for girls in every municipal ward of the city and provide free training.

There would be compulsory self-defense courses in all schools for girls, she said while announcing as part of BJP's "10 Din, 10 Iraade" campaign.

"Around 1,000 vulnerable spots would be provided "extraordinary" security through lighting, CCTV, round-the-clock patrol. We will raise a new 25,000-strong Women's Protection Force (DWPF) which will be trained by international experts and equipped with the latest technology," Swaraj said.

She said a "beat cop" system would be enforced to ensure that a policeman, a home guard, or a DWPF officer is always within reach of a citizen. Also, there would be a massive increase in patrolling after dark.

First Published: Thu, November 28 2013. 20:57 IST