Pune: Ahead of the 125th year celebration of Ganesh festival, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) Stree Aadhar Kendra, conducted a workshop with its members on self-defence, safety and security during the festival on Friday.
The workshop comprised of sessions by Bomb Detection and Dog Squad (BDDS) members. Video representations exhorted participants to be aware of abandoned things and immediately alert the police or BDDS.
Director-General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) SD Ingle, along with his team members, demonstrated various first-aid measures to be undertaken during any disaster or mishap like building collapse, fire, natural disaster, etc.
“These sessions have helped us a lot in gaining knowledge about simple factors that need to be taken care of during a big festival. There are many cases of someone collapsing because of the crowd, or lost and found cases of children, sexual assault by rowdies. We are now trained so much that we can easily identify a culprit by his behaviour. In case of emergency, we know the right techniques that can be used to save a life. All these come handy when on the field,” said Anuja Waghmare, who had travelled from Baramati to attend the workshop.
The women also shared other incidents where they were able to be ‘Police Mitra’ as they address themselves.
Giving an example of a recent case, a member of Stree Aadhar Kendra, Ashwini Shinde and her team members dealt with, she said, “There was a girl who was sexually and mentally harassed by her own brother. Unable to confront him, she was undergoing depression. We conducted counselling sessions with her and encouraged her to speak out in front of her parents. There are many such cases, which require only counselling while few require proper police assistance,” said Shinde.
Manisha Konde, another team member, said, “We have been studying several cases dealt by policemen, which have helped us gain knowledge about law and about what can be done in a particular case. It has empowered us with self-confidence. Earlier, we feared to speak to a policeman but now we can directly confront them with any issue. We know the law so well that they cannot dodge our queries.”