Indian Women Take Up Self-defense

Because you aren’t going to solve the problem by feeling bad, or singing “Give Peace a Chance,” or whatever. From karate to pepper spray, sexual assaults prompt Indian women to fight back.

Indian karate teacher Monimala Halder took up the sport in her teens as a way to get fit. A few months ago, she and her sister used their skills to fend off two men on a motorcycle trying to grab them as they rode past.

“I caught hold of the pillion rider just as he was reaching out for us and we beat them up,” said Halder, 35, who has seen a steady rise in the number of women seeking self-defense classes in a country where women and children have long been subjected to sexual violence.

Pepper spray is better than nothing, but not the best choice according to my way of thinking.

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