Keeping in view, the rising number of crimes against girls in the country, it is important to provide self-defence training to them in the schools to ensure their safety and security. Self-defence training is a life skill that helps girls to be more aware of their surroundings and be prepared for the unexpected at any time. Through the self defence training, the girls are taught to become psychologically, intellectually and physically strong enough to protect themselves in times of distress. Self defence training techniques instills self confidence amongst girls and helps to promote girls education particularly their transition to secondary and higher secondary level and to reduce the dropout rate in schools.
Under the Scheme, Self-defense training is provided for three months per Government schools having girls enrollment @ Rs. 3000/- per month. The training is meant for girls student from class VI to XII. The girls are trained to use every day articles such as, Key chain, duppata, Stole, mufflers, bags, pen/ pencil, notebook etc. as weapons of opportunity/improvised self-defence weapons to their advantage. The States and UTs may also look for convergence for availing funding for self-defence training under the Nirbhaya Fund under Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, Police Department, Home Guards, NCC or with other State government schemes.