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Afshan Iqbal
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More than 370,000 cases of crimes against women were reported in 2020, as per the Government of India. In 2021, there was a 30 per cent rise in complaints of crimes against women. These are not just statistics, this is an eye-opener for all of us that should alarm us about the crimes that women are facing against them which increase every day. There are many instances of violence that go unreported in India. So just imagine the rate of crime against women in India.

Women are assaulted, raped, kidnapped eve teased, etc. Violence towards women isn’t limited to roads and strangers, women are not safe even at their homes and in between the people they know. Women are facing domestic violence, they are molested by their own family members, they have to face assault for dowry, workplace harassment is at an all-time high in our country, and what not!

Looking at the number of crimes happening every day, especially against girls, is alarming enough to include Self-defense training in schools/colleges across the country and make it compulsory for girls of all age groups. If self-defence training is included in the school/college it will help girls to be shielded from abuse and violence. Crimes like trafficking, abuse, rape, acid attacks, and molestation with girls are rapidly increasing thus it will be a big step to curb these crimes.

A girl who can protect herself from dangerous situations can also protect other girls. Empowering girls with these self-defence techniques along with education will raise the possibility of a safer world for girls. Self-defence classes will boost the confidence of the girls. This will help girls to protect themselves from unseen dangers. The government should work to the best of its capability to ensure that physical violence against women is curbed from our country. People should educate their children about equality and respect. Girls should speak up against violence and shouldn’t be afraid. Criminals should get the hardest punishments. It’s time that we eradicate the violence that women are facing in their lives. It’s time to speak up for women’s safety.