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Eves yes, but pushovers they're certainly not

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THE ART OF WAR: Students of Bharathi Women's College learning self-defence techniques from a woman police commando at the college. — Photo: M.Vedhan

CHENNAI: Boys... . Forget those wolf whistles or your corny lines around girl students of Bharathi Women's College, Ambedkar Government College, and St. Mary's College. You probably won't know what hit you if they decide to react: they've been learning self-defence techniques from City women police commandos.

As part of the community-policing programme, the North Chennai police have launched this novel programme of teaching simple self-defence techniques to the college students, who face problems from the eve-teasers while they commute to the college and while returning home after college. The programme is the brainchild of C. Sylendra Babu, Joint Commissioner of Police, North, who initiated a similar programme for residents of Mogappair, where free karate classes are conducted for the children hailing from poor families.

Mr Babu said: "We are planning to train a total of about 1,700 students, to empower girls to fight against the crimes inflicted on them. This will also help in bringing down the number of crimes."

Three men including the karate master, Sensei Mohan, and three women commandos from the City Police conduct the classes for the students for three days. The first day is dedicated to third year students, the second day to second year students and the third day is for first year students. Classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 2.30 p.m.

`Dupatta' as a weapon

Elbow attack, throat attack, rib attack, wrist attack, collarbone attack are some of the techniques taught to the girls, says the karate master, Sensei Mohan. The girls can adopt elbow attack, when they face problems from boys while travelling in a bus. Similarly, the collarbone attack is aimed at destabilising chain-snatching offenders, says he.

He also points out that the `dupatta' can be used for locking the hands and neck together to overpower the offender, he adds.

Apart from this the members of public in north Chennai can also contact women inspectors of police in Flower Bazaar, Washermanpet and Pulianthope police districts to register complaints pertaining to women-related offences, says Mr Babu.

People can contact Ms. Immaculate Devotta, Inspector of Police, All Women Police Station, Harbour, Flower Bazaar district on her mobile: 94444-29586; Ms. Bhanumathi, Inspector of Police, Tiruvottiyur All Women Police Station on mobile: 94443-86373 and Ms. K. Rajeswari, Inspector of Police, Sembium All Women Police Station on telephone number: 25500656.

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