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Programme as part of International Women’s Day

Over 6,000 girl students from 130 government and aided schools who are being trained in karate under the ‘Raksha’ project of the district panchayat will put up a karate performance at the Karyavattom Greenfield stadium in connection with International Women’s Day on Thursday.

The novel performance will make a bid for the Guinness records.

The Guinness authorities had confirmed their participation, district panchayat president V.K. Madhu said at a press conference here on Saturday.

Mr. Madhu said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would inaugurate the display at 3 p.m. in the presence of Minister for Social Justice K.K. Shylaja and others. A pledge against substance abuse as part of the Vimukthi campaign will also be held on the occasion.

Logo release

The logo for ‘Raksha’ was released by Director General of Police (Prisons) R. Sreelekha at the press meet.

Ms. Sreelekha said the programme would bringing together 6,000 girls from various schools to exhibit their talent and send across the message that they were safe. Once people got to know about the display and the number of girls learning karate, they would think twice before harassing them. Raksha would help bring down the number of crimes, she said.

Mr. Madhu said the training was intended to equip girl students of classes 7, 8, and 9 to overcome various hurdles in life by increasing their confidence. It had helped bring about a change in women’s lack of interest in learning martial arts, and had inspired other girls to take up such training.

Raksha, launched as part of the district panchayat’s annual Plan for 2017-17, was first kicked off in 100 schools in the district. In the 2017-18 academic year, it was extended to 130 government and aided schools, and 7,000 girls were being trained. An amount of ₹30 lakh was spent for providing the training in two years. The training was given by karate trainers recognised by the sports council or the Karate Association of India after an interview. Cluster camps for the trainees were held at 14 centres this year, Mr. Madhu said.

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