At the common hall of the valleys largest women educational institute the girls are learning self defense skills to combat the growing sexual harassment being faced by the women.
Girls who are enrolled in college both in graduation and post graduation take out the time to learn about self- defence. They are also given chance to combat in various platforms in all formats. And some have even brought glory to the state.
The seven-year-old Tajamul Islam is the first Kashmiri to win gold in sub-junior category in the National Kickboxing Championship held in New Delhi in December. With that win, she earned a selection to represent India in the World Championships to be held in Andria, Italy in November.
Tajamul hails from Tarkpora, an obscure village in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Her father Ghulam Mohammad Lone, a driver with Hindustan Construction Company, earns just enough to manage two square meals a day for his family. Tajamul has two more sisters and two brothers who too are learning martial arts in a academy run by Faisal Ali Dar
Dar who has twelve years of coaching experience said that he spotted Tajamul from the distance, she did not know about the rules but had a terrific speed.
Tajamul attended the academy after school hours, with her four siblings from the nearby locality, where her family has now shifted from their village.
During the surprise move Chief Coach at the championship Kuldip Handu pitted sub-junior contenders against the competitors weighing 8 kg more than them.
During Tajamul’s fight, Handu stood up to stop the fight to ask about the girl. The fight resumed and Tajamul outlashed her opponent.
The competition earned her a selection for the national kickboxing Championship at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. It was here that Tajamul demonstrated the mastery of her Art to one and all.
She defeated her contenders from the six states New Delhi, Haryana, Telengana, Bihar, Maharashtra and Manipur.
Now, looking forward to participate in world kickboxing championship in Italy, Tajamul said she will go and win. She will beat everybody, closing her right eye and drawing her face in an irreverent smile adding, You know I am the champion.
Source Logical Indian, The Tribune