Thane has seen a nearly 100 percent rise in kidnapping cases between 2011-2013.
To counter the threat, some city schools are equipping students in self-defense techniques. With lessons in martial arts to counseling, children are being trained to handle emergencies confidently.
Apurva Wadikar, a self-defense professional said that There are some situations where quick thinking can save you from trouble. “We have designed the training in such a way that youngsters can confidently deal with a challenge,” she said.
A resident said it is a good thing that schools have taken up such an initiative. ” Going by what is happening around, it is a good move by schools to include self-defense lessons in their curriculum,” he said.