Chandigarh, December 3, 2019: A 3 weeks long self-defense training programme – SWAYAM – for visually impaired girls culminated today with a self-defense demonstration given by 13 visually impaired girls of the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh. The training programme was conducted by the Chandigarh Police and was organised by the RCS Positive Abilities Rotaract Club, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik and the Institute for the Blind.
The Chief Guest at the Culmination-cum-Demonstration programme was Ms. Nilambari Jagadale, SSP, Chandigarh Police and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Mahavir Singh, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh. Both lauded the initiative and appreciated the courage and confidence shown by the visually impaired girls.
Maj Gen Rajinder Nath, (Retd.), Chairman, Institute for the Blind, stated that the Institute was renowned for high standards in academics, sports etc. We are always looking out for the betterment of our students and this Training Programme is part of that commitment.”
According to Mr. Amrinder Singh, President, RCS Positive Abilities Rotaract Club, who is himself visually challenged, “By completing this self-defense course, the girls have got enhanced strength and confidence. The ability to physically defend themselves has made them feel more empowered in their life.”
Another visually challenged person, Mr. Shiv Kumar Sharma, who is an Adviser to the RCS Positive Abilities Rotaract Club added, “By equipping themselves with these skills, these girls have developed a positive attitude and have become self-reliant to face the many challenges in life.”
Commented Aneesh Bhanot, President, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, “Being of service to society is a key objective of Rotary International and we are happy to be of assistance to our talented visually impaired brothers and sisters. We are totally involved with the visually challenged and have also provided scholarships worth Rs. 6,00,000 in the last 30 months to visually challenged bright students for their higher studies.”
The 13 students included Vrinda, Savita, Rekha, Kashish, Usha, Manjit, Gaganjot, Kusum, Harleen, Garima, Rekha and Mansi. The Training was conducted under the guidance of DSP Charanjit Singh by Head Constable Sanjay and Lady Constables Pooja and Sonia . The students showed exemplary co-ordination of the hands, feet and eyes and gave demonstrations on how to defend and save yourself if attacked in an ATM, a kidnapping attempt, bag snatching, being attacked with a knife etc. The girls also showed the strength and co-ordination they had achieved by breaking tiles with their bare hands.
Those present at the programme included Mr. J S Jyara, Principal, Institute for the Blind, teachers and students of the Institute of the Blind.