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Demand to make self-defence, sex and relationship education compulsory in schools

By Our Representative
Floating an online petition to Maneka Gandhi, Aditi Khare has insisted that the government make Self-Defence and Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) awareness mandatory in all schools starting from age of four onwards, adding, these two streams should be added in the National Policy on Education (NPE).
The petition regrets, the government may have allocated Rs 164 crore for self-defence training by the government, yet schools are yet to receive paisa. The petition, seeking 10,000 endorsements, says that in India, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes, women are raped every 29 minutes and dowry death happens occurs every 77 minutes.
“Recent study shows, in India there is only one cop for every 663 members of the public. It is of prime important that everyone, including every child in India, should be able to take responsibility of their safety and be trained to protect themselves 24X7”, the petition says, adding, “There are few colleges and schools in India, who are already giving self-defence training and SRE awareness sessions in India, so why can't all of them do this?”

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