TURBAT: Learning self-defence is one of the many ways for vulnerable groups, such as women and children, to protect themselves from harm. Even though it is difficult to fully prevent harassment and assault, self-defence training becomes necessary as it can protect people. Self-defence training is necessary considering the prevalence of kidnapping, harassment, assault and rape in our country. As a resident of Turbat, I am aware of the long distances people have to travel to reach their destinations. Cases of homicide and assault are ever on the rise, not just here, but everywhere in the country, and majority of the victims happens to be female. In order to escape assailants and deter assault, self-defence classes should be introduced in educational institutes. I am aware that these protective measures will not stop the assailants so action needs to be taken against them too. These instructions will create awareness among women and children as they will be taught how to fight off threats of all forms of assault. Parents should request school to introduce such measures.
Habib Ullah Aman
Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2019.