It’s never too late to learn self-defence. Recently, Warangal police in Telangana conducted the largest self-defence class at a single venue and the number of college girls and working women who joined it will amaze you. Around 21,276 women learnt how to defend themselves that day, while also sealing a place in the record books, Times of India reported.

The DGP said, “We want to make them more self-reliant. The training would give lot of confidence to them. Martial arts training is a must for girls. It would work as a deterrent to molesters.”

In a first, the record was verified by officials from the Guinness Book of World Records. The event, held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Hanamkonda, started early morning.

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The first of its kind event was filled with girl students from city colleges and high schools, working women and even those from foreign countries. The participants were given training in self-defence techniques, Warangal police commissioner G Sudheer Babu told PTI.

The class lasted for 52 minutes and 8 seconds. In presence of Squadron leader Jayasimha (representing the Guinness Book of World Records) and DGP Anurag Sharma, the event beat the previous record which was held by 2,212 participants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 29, 2010.

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“The idea was to create awareness among girl students and women about self-defence techniques. We taught them 15 self-defence techniques to enable them tackle situations like chain snatching, bag snatching and how to defend oneself from eve-teasers even though the girl does not know anything about martial arts,” Sudheer Babu said.

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Safety of women (employees) is prime concern of IT firms,” he said, adding that if security was taken care of, more and more firms will come to the city.

Feature Image Credit: The Siasat Daily

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