On International Women’s Day, the Delhi Police brought together 200 women trained in self-defence at Ram Lila maidan to congratulate them on their achievements. These women were trained by a non-profit organisation, World Vision India (WVI), to increase safety in public spaces in the capital city.

On International Women’s Day, the Delhi Police brought together 200 women trained in self-defence at Ram Lila maidan to congratulate them on their achievements.

The ceremony was arranged to mark the successful completion of 15 days training by these women.

“The self-defence programme was formulated keeping the best interests of women and girls in mind. We remain committed to ensuring that all women and children in Delhi enjoy their right to a safe and empowered environment to flourish in,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Milind Dumbere in a press statement. He also encouraged the girls to speak up at the event and otherwise.

Dumbere added, “We look forward to the communities’ support in addressing the issue of violence and crime in the city.”

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The WVI has also come up with a youth initiative called “Police Mitra” which currently has five young men working for it. The initiative involves civilians to report cases of abuse and violence quicker. With the help of this, anybody can report cases and a crime scene does not have to wait for a victim to file a case.

anybody can report cases and a crime scene does not have to wait for a victim to file a case

Both the projects started by Delhi Police are part of their “Parivartan Project” which considers bringing in citizens to help eradicate crime in the city. The police force has teamed up with WVI’s Delhi ‘My City Initiative’ which has a similar intention of making the city safer by focusing on women.

“We are also using innovative ways to talk to women and children about the issue of abuse and safety and have already conducted 100 mime shows in Delhi and will soon reach out to 440 schools in the city,” said WVI Programme Officer Mercy Mirabel.