After the Nirbhaya incident in Delhi, Akshay Kumar and Aditya Thackeray had set up Women Self Defense Centre (WSDC) & the underlying agenda behind this was to provide free martial arts training to empower women.
It has not been long since this organisation was established and it seems that the body has already started bearing fruits.
When Shreya Nayak, 19 a second year BMS student got enrolled in WSDC, not in her wildest dreams she would have thought that she would get to apply what sh had learnt there this early.
According to a report by Mid-Day, a few days ago at around 6:30 pm Shreya was walking back from her workplace where she is currently interning. While crossing a deserted lane in Andheri, she found out a man in waiter’s uniform was following her.
Shreya said, “He suddenly came close and pounced on me. I started hitting him with one hand and with the other hand I was trying to call my mother to come down, as my house was just about 30 seconds away. He tried snatching my phone away as he didn’t want me to alert anyone. I caught his hair and gave him a ‘hammer’, a style of attack taught to me at the centre. He started pleading with me to let go, saying ‘Bas hath hi lagaya, aur kya kia…’. I caught hold of his collar and started dragging him towards the main road. He was trying hard to get away, but I held on to his collar. Later, some people helped me, and one person called the police. Within 10-15 minutes the police arrived, and he was arrested.”
She thanked WSDC for the courage and training because of which she was able to handle him single handily.
She also said that “I was a meek girl and would get scared if someone touched me and never had the guts to complain or scream at the person. But in the centre, we are taught such techniques for self-defence that it has given me immense self-confidence. I am really grateful to Akshay sir for inspiring us to be able to take care of ourselves. My parents didn’t want me to lodge a police complaint because they were worried about me, but I did, and I am speaking about it so that every woman learns to take care of herself by learning self-defence.”