Telangana's Peddapalli to train girls in self-defence

Thirty Kalaripayattu trainers from Kerala will train the girls in the ancient marshal art that originated from the state.

Published: 03rd December 2019 07:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd December 2019 07:46 PM   |  A+A-


For representational purposes


PEDDAPALLI: At a time when the gruesome gang-rape and murder of woman veterinarian in Hyderabad has shocked the entire nation, Telangana's Peddapalli district is taking the initiative of training girl students of government-run schools in self-defence.

Girl students of classes 6 to 10, will be trained in Kalaripayattu from December 6. As many as 16,000 girls across the state, will undergo the 22-day-long training.

Thirty Kalaripayattu trainers from Kerala will train the girls in the ancient marshal art that originated from the state.

Peddapalli, which recently won the award for the cleanest district in the country, will be spending Rs 25 lakh on this programme.

ALSO READ: Hyderabad veterinary doctor rape-murder case timeline - What we know so far

"Even before the shocking incident that happened recently, we had started working on teaching self-defence to government school girls," District Collector A. Devasena told IANS.

"We are not teaching them foreign self-defence like karate. We are teaching them our own desi martial art of Kalaripayattu, which is an ancient martial art from Kerala," she said.

The district administration has already signed an agreement with a group known for its expertise in the martial art.

The official pointed out that Meenkashi Amma, a practitioner and teacher of Kalaripayattu, was conferred Padma Shri in 2017 for her contribution to promotion of the martial art.

"The way she does kalaripayattu leaves young girls and even boys shamed. When an 80-year-old woman can do it, why not our young women do it?" Devasena said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Telangana news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp