Central Government is taking the safety of girls and women very seriously by introducing self-defense classes in all government schools under the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ scheme. Government school girls of classes 6 to 12th are being trained in self-defense with a fund of ₹3000 provided per month for self-protection and self-development skills among the girls.
UGC (University Grants Commission), the statutory body which monitors and controls the secondary education of the country, has instructed the government schools and Higher Education Institutions(HEI) to train girls under the scheme ‘Samagra Shiksha’.
‘Samagra Shiksha’ scheme aims at improving school effectiveness with equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning options.
The rising number of crimes against girls and women in the country has made the central government take matters in their own hands in order to ensure the safety and security of girls and women in the country.
Earlier, the Union Government has launched several other safety initiatives like:
- ERSS (Emergency Response Support System), a pan India single number (112) that responses to the stress call by any person.
- ITSCO (Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offenders), which monitors and investigates the rape cases within two months.
- SCIM (State City Implementation Monitoring) portal identifies hot spots for crimes against women with increased CCTV and drone-based surveillance.