Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which is responsible for the management of the public buses in the city, has recently offered its women staff members training in self-defence. This 32-day self defence programme has been planned under the Central government’s Nirbhaya Scheme, for which BMTC was granted Rs 1.8 crore.
50 women employees are being trained in the first batch of this programme, under trainers from Jaguar Sports Academy, a local Bangalore martial arts training facility. The training started in August 2021, at the BMTC central office in Shanti Nagar.
The workforce of BMTC has around 3,000 women, who work as conductors and security personnel. The daily training will be conducted in two parts. The first half of the day will include practical training, where the staff will be trained in Judo and Karate among other martial arts. The second half of the daily training will see them attend theoretical classes on gender sensitisation, law and public speaking.
The main objective of the programme is to equip women staff with the skills required to deal with threats and harassment they may face on the job. The transport body had planned to implement this programme last year, but had to put it on hold due to the pandemic.