They no more fear stalkers

Training in self-defence techniques gives women in IT sector, confidence to tackle miscreants.

By   |   Published: 17th Jan 2017   9:24 pm

Hyderabad: Scared of chain-snatchers prowling around, this woman software engineer working in Hi-Tec city had stopped wearing gold ornaments for over a year. But, things have changed now.

A training programme in self defence, during which she learned simple techniques to deal with chain-snatchers, has given her confidence and she started wearing ornaments again.

Owing to an initiative taken by She Teams in coordination with the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC), she is among the thousands of techies working in IT and ITeS companies at Madhapur and surroundings, who have gained self-confidence to protect themselves from snatchers and stalkers.

Taking a break from their hectic project works, these IT professionals are enthusiastically taking part in self-defence training session taken up under the supervision of trainer Laxmi Swarajam.

She said simple techniques such as catching a person, who tries to snatch gold, are taught during the training programme. “We are giving demonstrations at IT offices with a team of over 20 trained karate masters. We are also involving employees to practice during the session,” she explained. Focus is on how to teach stalkers a fitting lesson.

Swarajam said employees were able to gain self-confidence to such an extent that they can even nab snatchers and stalkers without getting injured themselves. With the help of locals, they can hand over attackers to police.

SCSC Associate Director Raj Rajendra Prasad said as many as 40,000 employees working in IT companies have undergone training so far.  “We usually send an email to companies asking them to send their employees for self-defence training for over two hours at Mind Space,” he said.

As of now, the response to the SCSC’s initiative has been overwhelming. Separate classes are being conducted for employees working in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Accenture, HSBC and Cognizant among other major companies.

As part of ‘Integrated IT Corridor Safety and Security Plan’ that was unveiled three years ago, the Cyberabad police started a series of programmes aimed at providing security to working women. Ensuring self-denfence training to women was one such initiative, a senior official said.