Self defense training
Participants of self defence training. Image credit - Northeast Now

State Food Commission member of Arunachal Pradesh Nanom Jamoh on Monday said inclusion of self-defense classes for girls in schools is the need of the hour.

Jamoh arrived at Pasighat to attend a three-day-long ‘self-defence’ residential training organized by the Education department for 100 girl students at the Sikshak-Sadan.

He said the students can learn the basics of self-defence within three days time, if a proper and dedicated coaching is provided.

“The training would help the students to escape from difficult situations, apart from making them mentally strong and confident,” she opined.

Noted educationist Bormoti Dai termed the training as a unique initiative of the Education department and said the defence techniques, if learned properly, would help the girls combat various awkward situations.

Earlier, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Dr Kinny Singh explained the practical benefits of the training in life.

“If we equip girls with self-defence skills, they would be able to protect themselves and avert awkward situations. It would also send a strong message to the abusers that girls can protect themselves,” she said.

The DC further said besides sports and physical activities, self-defence classes should also be incorporated in the schools.

Among others, DDSE J Yirang, DIET principal Biren Dutta and ICDS deputy director P. E. Angu were also present and shared their views and experiences.

Self-defence is a set of skills that allows one to defend him or herself by engaging in physical combat.

It means to educate students and prepare them physically and psychologically to protect themselves if they caught up in a physical confrontation.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at:

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