Companies in the city are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to their employees’ safety. Self-defence classes are regularly being held for women at their campuses, to make them more confident.
With 157 molestation registered cases, Hyderabad is one of the most unsafe cities for women in the country. Companies have taken notice of the fact and are now going that extra mile to ensure the safety of their female employees. Women techies in the city do not have it easy since they sometimes have to travel for hours to get to work. And many a time they have to encounter eve teasers who try to get their way with them before they reach their workplace. Comp-anies have come up with the perfect solution to this — teaching women employees to kick butt.
Self-defence classes are being organised in companies like ADP and Broadridge in an attempt to equip their female staff to take care of themselves when in times of emergencies.
Namrata Reddy Swarna deputy manager at ADP, says, “We don’t hold self-defence classes on continuous basis but whenever we do, a lot girls from the company turn up for them. Even though we never make these classes compulsory, there is a lot of interest about this among the women. A lot of simple self-defence techniques are being taught that can make a huge difference to the lives of these girls. Until now, none of the girls working with the company have experienced any trouble but it is always good to be prepared. This training comes in handy not only to fight eve teasers but also to help gain confidence.”
Meanwhile, at Broadridge, art of living classes are also organised along with self- defence classes for the emotional well-being of the employees.
Rajita Singh, head of HR, Broadridge India, says, “There are many who use public transport to get to office. We organise basic karate classes to give the employees an assurance that fellow passengers cannot hurt them while traveling. For the emotional well-being of the employees we hold art of living classes too. There is always a huge turnout for these classes.”
Apart from self-defence classes, there are other activities like women cricket, throwball and yoga that women techies indulge in.
“The external tournaments organised between companies are quite popular here. ADP has a strong cricket and throwball teams. Our teams have always managed to remain on the top three in the tournaments,” adds Namrata.