by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, MAY 12, 2016: In the last decade, crimes against women have been on a sharp incline. In a bid to help women defend themselves, Don Bosco Development Society organised a first-of-its-kind training programme on self-defence for 78 women from a nearby slum at the Provincial House building in Matunga on May 10.
Parshuram Gaonkar, an experienced officer from the Civil Defence Department (Mumbai Division) was the main resource person for the programme. He gave those present practical tips on self defence.
Amongst a host of self-defence methods discussed was the 'Rescue method', 'Fire Man method' and the 'Swat method'. Gaonkar also gave participants information on the use of first–aid, disaster management, artificial respiration, types of bombs and their hazardous effects.
The women from slums around Matunga, Wadala and Sion needed the training, as they are frequently harassed by men in their neighbourhood. The programme provided them with the skills necessary to defend themselves where they encountered danger.