Nepal po­lice teach quake vic­tims self-de­fence

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Nepal is teach­ing self-de­fense to quake-af­fected women and chil­dren fol­low­ing a string of at­tacks in tem­po­rary camps hous­ing sur­vivors, po­lice said Fri­day.

More than 8,700 peo­ple died in two ma­jor quakes that hit Nepal on April 25 and May 12, destroying nearly half a mil­lion houses and leav­ing thou­sands camp­ing out in the open.

“Cases of abuse and vi­o­lence have been re­ported in the camps, and some women com­plain of feel­ing in­se­cure living there,” said po­lice of­fi­cial, Tara Devi Thapa, who is co­or­di­nat­ing the classes.

“Th­ese skills will help them feel con­fi­dent against at­tack­ers and will be use­ful for their pro­tec­tion,” Thapa told AFP.

On Fri­day morn­ing, dozens of women took a break from chores and brought their chil­dren to an open ground in a camp in Kathmandu, as an all-fe­male po­lice team taught them ba­sic judo and karate moves.

“Don’t think you are weak just be­cause you are a woman,” said Constable Pramila Khadka.

“Lis­ten to me at­ten­tively, and you won’t have trou­ble tack­ling even some­one stronger than you,” Khadka, a judo player, told the women.

Tak­ing turns at play­ing at­tack­ers, the par­tic­i­pants part­nered with each other and prac­tised kicks, punches and lock­ing moves de­signed to dis­arm op­po­nents, as po­lice shooed away cu­ri­ous male on­look­ers.

“Th­ese are very use­ful skills ... I am thank­ful to them,” said Naina Rai, a 19-year-old who has been living in the camp for over a month.

“Living here is not like home, you are sur­rounded by strangers all the time. But now if a boy tries to tease me, he won’t be safe,” Rai told AFP.

Po­lice of­fi­cial Thapa said more than 40 women and 80 chil­dren have at- tended the classes so far and plans were un­der way to ex­tend the train­ing to other camps as well.

Wide­spread un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and the im­pact of a 10-year Maoist in­sur­gency have made Nepali women and chil­dren easy tar­gets for traf­fick­ers, and cam­paign­ers say that the re­cent dis­as­ter has in­creased the threat.

Po­lice and se­cu­rity agen­cies have in­creased vig­i­lance against traf­fick­ing in quake-hit ar­eas and along the Nepal-In­dia bor­der.

In an ef­fort to pre­vent the traf­fick­ing of chil­dren, the gov­ern­ment re­cently im­posed a three-month ban on adop­tion and made it manda­tory for trav­el­ling young­sters to carry per­mis­sion let­ters if they are not ac­com­pa­nied by par­ents.

A 2013 re­port by the Hi­malayan na­tion’s hu­man rights com­mis­sion recorded 29,000 in­ci­dences of traf­fick­ing or at­tempted traf­fick­ing in the coun­try.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.