After Delhi Police’s Sashakti training over a lakh women in the capital in self-defence techniques, the cops are trying out Nukkad Natak to do the same. Street theatre or Nukkad Natak is very famous in the educational institutions of the capital. Students take part in Nukkad Natak and perform skits based on various social issues.
Now in the Sashakti program of Delhi Police, the authorities will take theatre groups along with them to various locations in Delhi. They will focus on the significance of women’s safety.
“Nukkad nataks are organised to create awareness about crime against women, empowerment of women and other social initiatives taken by Delhi Police. They also spread awareness about learning self-defence techniques,” says Esha Pandey, DCP, Special Police Unit for Women and Children, Delhi Police, Hindustan Times reported.
“Last year, we had organised 148 nukkad nataks in the capital, as compared to just 10 in 2016, besides training over one lakh women,” added Pandey.
Students from various universities are taking part in Delhi Police’s Nukkad Nataks.
“The training promotes awareness and motivates women in the capital to raise their voice against what is wrong. It also gives them the confidence to fight back.”
“Though I’ve performed for the first time, I felt a sense of responsibility. The message we are giving is leaving an impact,” says JNU student Malvika Singh. Part of The Color Bakery, she believes that taking action during times of distress requires alertness and discretion of one’s surroundings.
“Most of the girls who are training are school-going, and to tell them where and how to react requires responsibility,” she added.
A total of 52 female and 6 male police personnel impart training in schools, camps and colleges to make young girls efficient in self-defence.
“I always knew that learning self-defence is important but never enrolled in any classes. So I joined Sashakti since my friend had also done it before. I feel confident now, as I know the basics of self-defence, and can deal with the odd situations,” said Usha Sharma, a student of class 12th.
Talking about the program, Madhur Verma, DCP and PRO, Delhi Police, says, “The training promotes awareness and motivates women in the Capital to raise their voice against what is wrong. It also gives them the confidence to fight back. The initiative works as a deterrent for the mischievous elements of society, working in unison with other programmes such as dedicated helpline numbers, help desks, and beat officers.”
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