Delhi Police’s Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) aids self-defence training to thousands of female hospital staffs, including doctors and nurses. The programme is now in its third year. The aim of the training is to boost confidence and make the women mentally and physically strong.

This year SPUWAC provided training to government and private hospital staff. Nurses and female doctors are often considered vulnerable to crimes. By September, the Special Police Unit conducted around 177 programmes, training more than 35,000 female hospital staff members.

“We have been providing self-defence training to female nurses and doctors, which give them confidence and make women physically stronger,” said Esha Pandey, DCP, SPUWAC, reported Millennium Post.

“Sometimes, even patients’ family members attack the hospital staff, due to which female staffs become vulnerable.”

The latest training camp assisted over 50 female staffs of Apollo Hospital and 80 women from the  LNJP Hospital. It also trained staffers of the Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute.

Delhi Police officials says that often nurses have to work till late at night and then have to be on the road taking difficult routes. Therefore, the self-defence techniques that they learn during the training programmes equip them to handle any emergency situations.

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In 2016, SPUWAC trained the doctors and nurses of the Safdarjung Hospital and Holy Family Hospital. And in 2015, it trained staff of the  Max Hospital, Saket, and Sant Parmanand Hospital.

“Sometimes, even patients’ family members attack the hospital staff, due to which female staffs become vulnerable,” said Pandey. She informed that more programmes are in the pipeline to cover several other hospitals in the capital.

Apart from training female hospital staff, the Delhi Police also trains college going girls. After Durga Puja, it will gather college students. “We will discuss how to behave with fellow students and some tips about safety,” said a police official.

Under this initiative, around 32,915 boys participated in 115 gender sensitization programmes between 2015-17.

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