By: Michael Abruzzo
Violence is seen everyday. It is mostly used to bring pain to an opposing force. But what if violence served for a good use, like protection or defense? Would it be justified? If someone is in danger, they should have a right to defend themselves through methods of self-defense.
People should have the ability to protect themselves using violence. After all, defending yourself in a dangerous situation is completely legal. In fact, a legal definitions website explains that the law permits someone to use “reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger.” If you were alone in your house, and thieves broke in and tried to hurt you, what would you do? Would you just let it all happen right before your eyes? There aren’t many other alternatives than fighting back. Although this is true, some may argue that calling the cops would be a safer, more reliable option. After all, isn’t that what they’re there for? Contacting the police is a realistic possibility in dangerous situations, but when you are panicking, concerned, and preparing for protection, you may not think to do that in the short amount of time you may have. Who’s to say you are near a phone? How long will the call and response take? By the time the police show up, it may be too late. Self-defense may become the Plan A or the only plan. Furthermore, dangerous situations may call for actions of defense, and people cannot be afraid to use them. For instance, people teach karate and taekwondo classes for a reason. Sure, some may participate in them for the exercise, but these lessons are ancient forms of defense that were once used as true fighting styles. In fact, many people today take classes to enhance their fighting ability. There are plenty of scenarios where these methods of self-defense may become the only viable option. For example, if you are being held against your will, or maybe you are alone with no sources of help in sight. This is when people might take matters into their own hands, and they should not be penalized for doing so.
When one is in danger, there are plenty of actions that can take place that will provide safety. Self-defense is one of them. It may not be the answer all of the time, but self-defense is a justified form of violence at its appropriate times.
Self-defence and Its Importance for Women in India
June 23, 2015
by Tejaswi Shrivastava
Self-defence, especially for women, is of utmost importance in the kind of the world we live in today. Women, usually referred as the weaker sex, are considered easier targets. In a country like India where the cases of gender violence are on rise, out of which many go unreported, self-defence for women has become a necessity more than ever.
Society’s Approach Towards Crime Against Women
Rape, molestation, kidnapping and murder are the most common forms of crime against women in India. The women in India are also vulnerable to acid attacks and eve-teasing. The mindset of the people, including the victim and the spectator, is to ignore and just let it go. But, what we, as the responsible citizens of an independent country, fail to realise is that these instances of harassment can flare up into other bigger heinous crimes against women. And that is when the importance of learning self-defence techniques for women is felt.
Various studies have shown that the criminals tend to choose their targets when they (the potential victim) are unaware of the surroundings. Hence, it is time that each woman became vigilant and totally aware of the surroundings.
The women should be aware of the strategies to be adopted under different adverse circumstances. For example, if you’re alone at home during such an attack, you should hurriedly run to kitchen to find chili powder and knives to use them as weapons.
Here is the list of possible measures that women should take to safely steer away from danger:
- Note down the number of the cab when travelling alone.
- Enrol themselves for self-defence classes and learn several techniques to physically fight the attacker.
- Opt for trainings in basic karate, kickboxing, Israeli krav-maga, and traditional stick fighting (using lathi).
Institutes in India Developing Awareness for Self-defence Among Women
Several institutes like DARE (Defence against rape and eve teasers) by Institute of Martial Science in Mumbai, Smile Foundation and Blank Noise work towards women self-defense awareness. Stressful situations evoke a fight, flight or freeze response. Self-defence skills prepare you to fight rather than freeze and such organisations are the place to learn how to put up an impressive fight against the attacker. Most of these organisations host workshops, road events and demonstrations to increase awareness about street violence.
Some Quick Tips & Tricks for Self-defence
1. Pretend to be submissive at first and fight back when the attacker is off-guard.
2. Stay fit enough to run fast.
3. Keep a check when walking on the road to avoid groping or chain-snatching from behind.
4. Keep your purse to your front and walk paying full attention around.
5. Try avoiding high-heeled footwear when you have to walk a long distance and in unknown territories.
6. Say out ‘STOP’ in a loud and aggressive voice when need be but avoid using swear words or threats.
Though the self-defence training might not be easily available everywhere, women can make up for this by being updated about the gender violence issues across newspapers, television and magazines. Also, the women in smaller cities can learn self-defence techniques from websites which have proper training content and tutorials.
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