Now, 'Kung Fu nuns' to train Delhi girls in self-defence?
New Delhi: Beware all road-side Romeos for the next girl you mess with may give you a lesson of a lifetime – and it will not be pretty!
Delhi's Police Commissioner B S Bassi has a unique plan to rid Delhi of its image of being unsafe for girls. If Bassi has his way, a group of Ladakh-based martial arts experts that go by the name of ‘Drukpa Kung Fu nuns' may soon be training city girls in self-defence.
"These nuns are experts in self-defense and judo-karate. So, I request you all to stay in Delhi for one year as our guests and help us in giving self-defense training to the girls of the city," Bassi said.
He was speaking at the culmination of a 2,500 km cycle journey over 52 days by 250 Kung Fu nuns of the Ladakh-based Drupka Order from Kathmandu to Delhi, led by the Gyalwang Drupka, the spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa Order based in the Himalayas.
"Even though society needs to change, we will also have to strengthen young girls and women so much that they can give befitting reply to those who try to harass them,” the police chief added.
It is not clear yet whether the invitation extended by Bassi has been accepted.
The Drukpa Kung Fu nuns from various states, including Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Bhutan recently participated in the cycle journey to carry the message of women empowerment and environment consciousness.
According to National Commission for Women chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam, these Kung Fu nuns have the strength and will power that is generally not talked about.
"It reminds of the immense strength that women embody. It also reminds that women play huge role in conservation and environment consciousness and that they can be the biggest influencers in this campaign," she said.
The cycle journey had begun on 18 November last year and passed through Uttar Pradesh and Bihar via Gorakhpur, Gaya, Patna, Rajgir, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur and Agra before culminating in Delhi today.
Highlighting the rationale behind the cycle journey, the Gyalwang Drukpa, founder of 'Live to Love' global humanitarian initiative, said, "The journey points to the independent and collective will power of women and their equivalence with men.
"At the same time, the use of cycle that is environment friendly sends a strong message of conservation and environment friendliness," Drukpa said.