The Kerala Police is now telling women about the importance of not keeping silence, especially when it comes to women's safety. The Facebook page of Kerala Police Information Centre has launched a Campaign on Women’s Safety with the reminder to respond as loudly as possible against all sorts of assault.
‘Fearing whom… fearing what, are you keeping silent?’ This is the question that appeared along with the posts in the Facebook page of Kerala Police Information Centre recently. The campaign calls upon women to respond as quickly as possible and to lodge complaints against assaults and attacks.
V P Pramod Kumar, deputy director of Kerala Police Information Centre and Public Relations Officer shares with Onmanorama about the aims and objectives of the Women Safety Campaign launched by the Kerala Police Information Centre.
The objectives of the campaign
There are two campaigns mainly, the first one being a ten-day long online campaign. It aims to spread as much information as possible using the social media regarding what the women should pay heed to and what precautions they can take. The information will be spread through various Whats App groups, through Facebook and the Whats App groups of police officers. A particular subject will be brought to the attention of the public each day. The second day’s campaign was about preventing assaults during journeys.
Self-defence classes for women and children from Kerala Police
Kerala Police has a Self Defence Team. It is led by a team of four women police officers in each of the 19 police districts. They give free training to women and children in self defence. The focus is not on beating up the assaulter, but on how to defend oneself in case someone tries to attack you. The major thrust is on self defence. Those who are interested to receive the training can contact the team through email or Tel: 9497970323.
The requests for training usually come from Residents associations or schools or colleges. The team gives not just training in physical resistance, but counselling on handling unforeseen circumstances, motivational classes and legal education classes. The total training including all modules would come to around 20 hours. But the Self Defence Team is also ready to give brief packages of training compressed into one hour by including the maximum number of modules for those who cannot find that much time. The training classes are being held in many places like Technopark spread out into many days.