Mumbai women master martial arts for safety

Insecurity following surge in rape cases prompt more women in India’s financial capital to learn self-defence skills.

Twenty-eight-year-old Malaika Joshi from Mumbai does not go partying with her friends on Saturday nights. Instead she spends her time learning self-defence skills.

“I am releasing [my attacker’s grip] with one hand and striking with the other. Then I place my knee [between my attacker’s legs] so he can’t come back. I kick and get away from the attacker,” Malaika demonstrates, while continuing to look for an escape route from the attacker.

Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art technique, is not a hobby of Joshi’s. It is a necessity. “Crime rates are rising around us. And I decided that I needed to take action and do something for myself to protect myself and my loved ones.”