The Power of a Mukki: A Mumbai-based NGO provides virtual self-defense training to girls.

Mukkamaar, a Mumbai-based NGO, held a virtual event today to promote a book titled The Power of Body, Voice, and Mind for Every Child on International Day of The Girl Child.

Mukkamaar, a Mumbai-based NGO, held a virtual event today to promote a book titled The Power of Body, Voice, and Mind for Every Child on International Day of The Girl Child.The NGO partnered with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to assist young girls in enhancing their physical and mental skills in over 1100 schools.Other members of Mukkamaar joined Ishita Sharma, the organisation's director, to ensure that girls are matched with something that helps them to feel healthier, not just physically, but also mentally as well.Richa Chadha, who has been part of several on the ground activities organized by Mukkamaar, attended the virtual event as a guest and discussed the benefits that self-defense training offers.

She said, Any such training of the body and mind increases agility and confidence, which will enable girls not only to guarantee their safety but also in other aspects of life.Self-defense skills should be taught in all schools, according to Raju Tadvi, the Education Office of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.Even when women's interactions with strangers aren't destructive, self-defense training develops their interpersonal skills, according to NGOs that membership.Self-defense skills can also serve as a deterrent to gender-based violence in this manner.

Mukkamaar exists to ensure that girls are connected with something that makes her feel whole, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.Members also discussed that they would introduce a WhatsApp app that would enable many girls to take self-defense classes at home.The pandemic has also prompted Mukkamaar's staff to develop a digital platform where people can interact and where girls will earn points that can be exchanged for data recharge.This step has been taken in order to ensure that the internet is not inaccessible to girls in their self-defense journeys.

Anahat Bachwani, a seven-year-old boy who has been learning through a digital training program, said, I am taught how to use the body at the end of the day.I need my voice and mind to apply first before the body.Varsha, ten-year-old Varsha, was another Mukkamaar teenager who spoke about how the program enables young girls to step out with confidence.She said, Apne ap mein sanity rakhne ka, kabhi haar nahi maane ka.

By the year 2022, the Mukkamaar group hopes to have 10,000 girls trained in self-defense.