UST Global one of Technoparkâ€™s best, does something they are familiar with â€“ lead by example. In assosciation with TechnoparkToday.com and Rampart Services, A Self Defense and Safety workshop conducted at UST Global.
The companies in Technopark have woken up to the need for preparing their women employees to face any situation. There is a heighted awareness of such preparedness especially after the Soumya incident. A seminar was recently organized on â€˜Basic Self-Defenceâ€™ jointly by Rampart Security Services and TechnoparkToday at UST Global. This is the fourth of such seminars done within Technopark.
Cherunniyoor P Sasidharan Nair, N Prasanth IAS, Renshi Vinod KumarÂ and Advocate Anu Nambalikkaran were present at the seminar where about a large number of women employees of the company were present. “As per IPC nothing is an offence which is done in the exercise of the right of private defense,â€ explained Senior Advocate Cherunniyoor P Sasidharan Nair. He further pointed out though IPC does not define private defense, section 11 [96-106] totally deals with it and further explains to what extent you can exercise it. And also IPCâ€™s Section 100 explains under what life threatening circumstances one can, if left with no other option, even inflict death on the assailant or aggressor and that rape is one such. â€œWhen under threat you should be able to do something beyond just screaming, even a firm stare will work,â€ said this senior advocate who has dealt with many such cases himself.
N Prasanth, IAS who was Sub Collector of Wayanad and now heads The Tribal Rehabilitation Mission, wondered aloud at our societyâ€™s idiosyncrasies of where even a man sharing the same seat with a woman in a bus is looked upon as strange. He mentioned how elephants are cleverly kept psychologically controlled by very thin chains around its legs. â€œIt doesnâ€™t move and that kind of mental conquest comes with years of conditioning. So is the case with women.â€ No question asked on this as if there was a silent consent from all. â€œAnd this conditioning is what you need to conquer.â€
To a packed hall Rampart Services Head Advocate Anu Nambalikkaran said. â€œSelf-defense goes beyond pepper spray and martial arts. Itâ€™s a state of mind and state of living.â€ He was choosy about words to explain the different circumstances that can put a womanâ€™s life in danger and how todayâ€™s society demands a woman to be ALERT and AWARE which can actually save her life. Flight or fight is the natural reaction to danger. But itâ€™s when you freeze that you succumb. He told all to build â€˜muscle memoryâ€™ by constantly practicing and preparing to face danger so that when under threat instead of thinking, which may not be possible, your muscles will immediately react as you have programmed it.
This was followed by a demo session by Renshi Vinod Kumar of Kerala Shito-Ryu Karate Association. Whether an assailant is near or far, behind you or in front, simple but strong moves can disable him, Renshi showed the fast and effective moves assisted by his partner. â€œSoft targets which can inflict maximum pain like eyes, nose, ears, throat and groin should be targeted,â€ he underlined. And under Renshiâ€™s thundering words of encouragement, the girls learned how to turn their hands and legs into sharp weapons. Loud screams accompanied each of their moves. Questions followed and Vinod told each woman to be nothing less than a tigress when under threat which he could see in the faces of some of them already.
The self-defense key-chain â€˜Kubotanâ€™ or just a pen can take an assailant by surprise, the girls were reminded. â€œDonâ€™t forget to consciously breathe when faced with threatâ€ he said as a punch line which helps one to be alert.Holding the free book and CD on self-defense provided by Rampart at the seminar, Sruthi, Reshmi and the group of girlsÂ had only one thing to say in unison – â€œWe feel stronger and more confident now.â€ And one look at the determined faces of the ladies marching out of the hall affirmed the same. The safety products are available at www.store.technoparktoday.com
â€œGirls, donâ€™t carry fear but prepare yourself so that you can generate fear in your assailant,â€ the seminar seemed to convey. Bruce Lee said it right â€œI am not afraid of a man who can do thousand different techniques in a fight, but I am afraid of him who has perfected a single technique by doing it a thousand timesâ€.
Alexander Varghese, vice president (Corporate Services) and Country Head (India) of UST Global said, â€œWomen have a critical role to play in the world today. A few unfortunate incidents should not cause them to withdraw into a cocoon. It is important to empower women, and that must happen through the cooperation of the entire society.â€
TechnoparkToday in association with Rampart Services is offering Free workshop on Self Defense and personal Â Safety for IT comapnies. Interested companies can contact us at [email protected] for more details.
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