In the article, “Learning to Fight Back” (Upfront) I learned that in India women are getting taught how to fight which is becoming increalsy and very important for their safety. A Muslim high school student in the city of Hyderabad practices Vovinam, a Vietnamese martial art that uses swords and sticks to protect themselves. Self-defense classes for Indian girls have been increasingly growing in popularity after an accident in which a 23-year-old woman was attacked and killed by a group of men while riding a bus in 2012. By teaching them this skill is giving women the courage to come forward and demand justice, rather than suffer in silence. Since it’s growing so fast, now police departments have begun offering self-defense training and schools providing skills as well so they could feel safer to defend themselves. Lastly, the thought from a high school student said that they aren’t safe but this gives them confidence.What other techniques should be taught to women in India or other countries?
I think what is happening in Asia with showing high school students is very helpful in giving them knowledge of how to self defend. The good thing is that it’s increasingly growing throughout their country. It’s very sad that they are showing these girls Vovinam after an accident that happened to a woman and the country has to take action before they lose more women. Like that one girl mentions that they are not totally safe but gives them confidence that they are less likely to suffer and be hurt by a man after they take these classes. I loved that police departments are also playing a big role in training them as well.