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Women doctors in Kerala to take up self-defense classes amid increase in attacks on doctors

Thiruvananthapuram  : The Kerala Government Medical College Teachers Association (KGMCTA), has organised the self-defense programme for women doctors in wake of rising attacks on doctors. The program began from the International Women’s Day on 8th of March. The program will train the women doctors on how to defend themselves when assaulted by using self-defense techniques.

Under the self-defense programme, the women doctors at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College will be the first to get trained. The KGMCTA has also decided to extend the training sessions in other medical colleges across the state. The women doctors have taken the initiative to learn self-defense due to the rise in attacks against doctors and the indifference of administrative mechanisms including police in dealing with the crimes, said a statement from KGMCTA. The woman postgraduate (PG) students will also participate in the training. The trainers from Kerala Police and the state sports council will train the women doctors. The training programme will begin with a 50-member batch initially. Apart from the doctors, house surgeons and PG medicos will also attend the  training.