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Women undergo training in self-defence to ward off Maoist threats in Bihar


October 27, 2011 - Gaya

In a bid to prevent innocent civilians from getting sucked into the Maoist insurgency, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has successfully imparted training in self-defence and allied martial arts to women hailing from the strife-ridden areas of Bihar.

The CRPF had begun an intense, physically challenging and rigorous training session in a bid to empower oppressed women in Bihar's Gaya District, which has been a hotbed for Maoist rebels since years.

This group of 50 young and dynamic women completed the strenuous course under the able guidance of the 159th Battalion of CRPF to become certified security guards on Sunday.

These women underwent a three months training that included, basic defence training, checking, frisking, and modes of surveillance as well as unarmed combat skills.

However, CRPF officials asserted that this training was not intended to 'use' this group in the ongoing anti-Maoist operations, saying it was merely aimed at providing these women a sustainable livelihood to escape the vicious cycle of underdevelopment and poverty.

"These people have not been trained to combat the Maoists. This is an initiative to help them lead a dignified life, so that they can work as security guards and escorts. These girls hail from such areas that they could have been forced to take up the misconceived path of extremist Marxism or exploited. Hence in order to stop their exploitation and allow them to be a part of the main stream of society, the CRPF has helped them by imparting training," said Aftab Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, CRPF.

Meanwhile, the elated security-conscious trained women said that they felt empowered after undergoing the rigours of training under experts.

"Earlier we were scared of the rebels but after receiving training from here I am very happy. We not that scared of Maoists now," said Rupa Kumari.

ANI

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