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Actor to guide female users and fans in basic martial arts techniques
Manishaa R (DNA; March 8, 2017)
Gurmeet Choudhary will launch a self-defense app exclusively for women in distress. The actor dedicated the app to his female fans and said, “I’m advocating safety through martial arts. I want to ensure that they take positive steps to protect themselves when caught in tricky situations.”
He admits it was the rising incidents of crime against women that prompted him to come up with the idea. “We all know what happened during New Year’s Eve when young girls were mocked at, molested and abused at public places. I was shocked and saddened by the plight of those defenseless young girls,” he said.
The decision to launch such an app came about when he met a group of young girls and social activists while on a visit to Hyderabad, “They were aware that I had a fan base of young girls and that I was well-versed in martial arts. They were researching on the topic and looking for various measures to curb the rising crime rate against young girls,” he revealed.
He demonstrated some basic self-defense techniques that young girls could use when caught in difficult situations, “I further suggested that we come out with this interactive app, whereby I could demonstrate these techniques, where young girls could easily react if someone tried to grip their hand, hold their neck, attack them from behind or tried to snatch their wallet. They could learn all this sitting in the comfort of their homes. These techniques are taught to every girl in China in their schools, but unfortunately in India, we have no such education,” he said.
The actor has begun shooting for the app and plans to release it within a month, “I want all my female fans to avail of it. I want them to stand strong and confident, ready to take on the world,” he said.
All for women
Last month, Gurmeet visited the CISF headquarters in Mumbai and spent time with the jawans, highlighting the issue of women safety. A couple of days ago, he and his wife Debina Bonnerjee announced their decision to adopt two orphaned girls from Patna, after which they pledged to take complete responsibility for their education and well-being.