Week-long self defence programme concluded in Kailali

DHANGADI: A total of 2,100 women have graduated from the week-long self-defence training programme organised in Kailali district on Friday.

The self-defence programme had started from October 6 at Dhangadi Stadium in Dhangadi due to increase in cases of violence against women, including rape and sexual harassment.

During the graduation ceremony, the graduates displayed various skills learned during the training.

In the training programme, the participants — women as well as schoolgirls — were trained on the usage of kick and punch for self-defence in case of an attack.

The training -- organised by National Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Association in coordination with various women rights organisations with the aim to make women and girls confident -- began with the participation of 1,500 women which later increased to over 2,000.

During the programme, the Social Development Minister of Sudurpaschim Province, Dirgha Soradi, said the training has increased the willpower of participants. He further said that such trainings would be organised throughout the province.

Likewise, Mayor of Dhangadi Sub-Metropolitan City Nripa Bahadur Bada informed that preparation is going on for three additional training camps in the sub-metropolis while claiming that self-defence training for women is needed in all 88 local levels of the province.