Chandigarh, December 19, 2019: Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, RCS Positive Abilities Rotaract Club and the Second Innings Associationrecently honoured the 13 member Self Defence Team of Visually Challenged Girls and their Trainers of Chandigarh Police.
The Chief Guest was Ms. V Neeraja, IG – Community Affairs and Women Affairs, Punjab Police. She lauded the initiative and appreciated the courage and confidence shown by the girls.
The 13 member team had volunteered to undertake a 3 weeks long self-defense training programme – SWAYAM – for visually impaired girls 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 13 students included Vrinda, Savita, Rekha, Kashish, Usha, Manjit, Gaganjot, Kusum, Harleen, Garima, Rekha, Radhika and Mansi. The training was conducted under the guidance of DSP Charanjit Singh by Head Constable Sanjay and Lady Constables Pooja and Sonia.
According to Aneesh Bhanot, President, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, “Being of service to society is a key objective of Rotary and we are happy to be of assistance to our talented visually impaired sisters. We are totally involved with the visually challenged and, in another initiative through the Rotary Dinner in the Dark, have also provided scholarships worth Rs. 6,00,000 in the last 30 months to visually challenged bright students for their higher studies.”
R K Garg, Founder and President, Second Innings Association said, “It was remarkabe to see the air of positivity displayed by the girls.”
Amrinder Singh, President, RCS Positive Abilities Rotaract Club, who is himself visually challenged said, “The girls have enhanced their confidence and made them feel more empowered in their life.”
Another visually challenged person, Shiv Kumar Sharma, who is an Adviser to the RCS Positive Abilities Rotaract Club added, “With these skills, these girls have become self-reliant to face the many challenges in life.”
In a demonstration given by the girls earlier this month, they showed exemplary co-ordination of the hands, feet and eyes and gave a demonstration on how to defend yourself if attacked in an ATM, if being kidnapped, bag snatching, being attacked with a knife etc. They also showed the strength they had achieved by breaking tiles with their bare hands.
Earlier, representatives of SOS Childrens Villages, an NGO, gave a presentation on its activities and how it was committed to the well being of children in need, which was well appreciated by the audience.