Will your daughter be able to defend herself if
someone tries to physically assault her? Arm your daughter with some basic self
defence techniques and tools to ensure that she doesn’t become a victim with
our tips here.
A woman's greatest weakness is
her lack of physical strength and it is this weakness combined with sexual
desirability that makes women prone to unwanted overtures and attacks.
We all know that it is
relatively easy for a man to overpower a woman, especially if she is taken by
surprise. Even though your daughter may never find herself in danger of rape, molestation or
eve-teasing, cat-calling or sexual leering which lasts just a few minutes, can
be profoundly disturbing, more so if she finds herself completely helpless in
So how can you prepare your
daughter? No matter how much you shelter and protect her, realistically you cannot
be there to shield her every minute of the day. So, teach her to fend for
herself. One of the ways you can do this is by enrolling her in a martial arts
course. You can then teach her to run if she can, fight if she must.
Considering the increasing
number of rape victims in India, there is a flourishing business to provide
women with safe weapons to protect themselves. Buy your
Sprays, Apps, Tasers, and Panic Buttons
daughter some self-defence tools from the
suggested ones below:
- Pepper Spray: Give your daughter a bottle of pepper spray (available online) and insist she carry it in the front pocket of her backpack or bag where it is easily accessible. Insist that she spray the eyes of anyone who is making her uncomfortable, uncaring of how normal they seem.
- Cell Phone Apps: Provide her with a cell phone, and download one of the many apps that have been designed especially to protect the woman in danger. Upon dialling a pre-programmed emergency number, these apps immediately pinpoint your location and send a danger message to all your pre-chosen contacts. Some also contact the nearest police station or send out screeching Help Me sirens which will hopefully alert the public and scare off deviants.
- Tasers and Stun Guns: Tasers and stun guns are electroshock weapons which send electrical currents through the assailant’s body causing the body’s control over the muscles to disrupt for a small amount of time. Certain stun guns even cause short-term unconsciousness, providing the would-be victim with enough time to run away.
- Panic Button: Many key-chains come with a panic button inbuilt, which lets out a loud alarm or siren or shouts ‘Help’ constantly when pressed. This brings public attention to the assailant and victim, and is enough to frighten the assailant in most cases.
her Learn to Strike
Although most women know that a
kick in the right place is a great self-defence move, few, other than in
movies, are able to orchestrate the move when most required. The act of
physically assaulting a stranger is overwhelming, and women are
usually paralyzed with shock and fear, and unable to let out a sound louder
than a whimper during a sudden attack. These fears are addressed in a
self-defence class, and women leave feeling much more emboldened and
Most forms of martial arts
require the use of mind and body, with the result that your daughter will not
only be more equipped to whip anyone trying to act funny with her, but she will
also be a more focused person - a quality which will no doubt help her through
your Daughter to Confront her Attackers in Public
If your daughter ever has anyone sit next to her
in a public place, either in a cinema or a park or anywhere, who made her feel
uncomfortable, tell her to MOVE or look the person in the eye and ask him to
move back. If someone is following her on a busy street, she should go up to
that person and confront him at the top of her voice. The public will be on her
side, and this is certainly not what he would be expecting. If she wants to
appear even more threatening, she could fish out her cell phone and threaten to
call the police if he does not back off. Teach your daughter not to bother
about niceties with strangers who make her uncomfortable, even if they seem
Do not instil unnecessary fears in your
daughter’s mind, but do not block out reality either. Lawlessness seems to be
the order of the day, and even walking on deserted streets in daylight can be a
risk. Learn self defence yourself, so you can become a role model for your
children. Teach them some moves, do light practice at home, and make it fun. In
addition, learning a martial art is great exercise as well. It will make your
child fitter, physically and mentally.