Braid chopping: Now, a Kashmir school to train girls for ‘techniques of self-defence’

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Nahida Hassan

Srinagar

With no end in sight to the braid chopping incidents across Kashmir valley, its fallout has given nativity to the schools teaching the techniques of self-defence, besides use of ‘pepper sprays’.

As reported earlier, a businessman in uptown Srinagar has imported the pepper spray guns, which women can use to shunt out the suspected “choppers”.

In yet another interesting development, a School in Srinagar has started a crash course to train youth especially girls how to deal with the “braid choppers”.

Kashmir Public School, situated at Harwan, ‘out of concern’ has started a new initiative “KPS Taekwondo Club”. The club, according to Jassim Muzaffar, who is the chairman of Kashmir Public School and will also overlook the Taekwondo club, will train the youth especially girls techniques of “self defence”.

Talking to Kashmir Life, Jassim said, “The school had initiated the Taekwondo training last year but was restricted to students who belong to this institution only.”

“Keeping in view the present situation of braid chopping incidents, the school management has decided to provide taekwondo training to girls from across the valley,” Jassim said.

Jassim said the school has specialized trainers of taekwondo, who will impart the skills of self-defence to girls and youths.

He said that the increase in braid chopping incidents has left the girls mentally disturbed and as such are afraid of going to schools and offices.

The specialized techniques, he said, will help them to become “self-sufficient” and fight the braid choppers courageously.

The registration for the course, he said, will begin from October 15.

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