Blind women in rural India to get training in self-defense
Blind women living in remote parts of India will soon get training in the martial arts. They will be given judo lessons so they can protect themselves against sexual assaults.
The unique project has been started by the Charity Sightsavers and they have taken up the initiative to make women safer from assault and rape.
For now, the course is being taught in Madhya Pradesh, where instances of rape are higher than the rest of the country.
These women are being given extensive and effective training. Some have been shown their fighting chops at national-level Judo competitions and won medals. After training these blind women are teaching these skills to other blind women in their communities.
Blind women are especially vulnerable to sexual assaults and attacks due to their disability. This means they miss out on opportunities to study and become financially independent as their families fear for their safety.
The judo training will hopefully give them the courage to step out of their homes and explore opportunities to become independent.