Self-defence to protect girls from social evils: DC

CHIMPU, May 28: Capital DC Shweta Nagarkoti Mehta highlighted importance of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme that translates to save the girl child, educate the girl child, after inaugurating a self-defence training cum awareness event on BBBP at community hall here on Tuesday.

The scheme launched in 2015 in Haryana to address the issue of decline of child sex ratio and how she impressed on that Arunachal doesn’t hold any such biasness towards their children, said Mehta as chief guest and stressed on the importance of learning self-defence and asked the students to utilize the opportunity which would help them get trained with basic techniques of self-defence. She held a detailed interactive session with girl students and stressed on developing a self-sufficient attitude and self-identity.

Referring to the recent case of human trafficking, she said that the art of self-defence can go a long way in protecting one from such evils. She also highlighted the child helpline (No 1098) and asked them to inform others also about the number to seek help in any kind of violence against children.

Chimpu GPC Nabam Yajo, speaking as guest of honour, stressed on the significance of education besides spreading mass awareness, especially among the parents. Impressed with presence of large number females, she said presence of the DC is an inspiration for many to do better in their life.

Earlier, ICDS deputy director Jaya Taba, while highlighting significance of BBBP scheme, said that self-defence and ability to boost both mental and physical wellness was equally important. She also informed about child helpline (No 1098) and women’s helpline (No 181).    She also threw light on important state and central Govt schemes for women and children.

CDPO Kago Asha Lod lauded all participants and hoped that the initiative would empower them for their overall well being in life.

The three-day training on self-defence to 21 girl students is being imparted by Rei Yadi, a Black Belt 5th Dan and Bamang Yamu, Black belt 2nd Dan, both international players. It is an initiative of state Women and Child Development (WCD) department in collaboration with Papumpare district administration with the objective to: ensure gender equality and women empowerment, survival and protection of the girl child, encourage education and participation of the girl child and prevent gender biased sex selective elimination.

Mehta and Yajo distributed sanitary pads and comic books on POCSO Act to the participants in presence of WCD officials, representatives of  SHGs and  AWWs. (DIPRO)

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