In India, every 34 minutes a rape is committed and every 93 minutes a member of the fairer sex is murdered, says the country's first woman commando trainer Seema Rao whose production 'Hathapayi -- Enter the MMA' -- a film on women's empowerment -- is due for release in a couple of months.
"The movie's objective is to inspire women to undergo martial arts training in order to boost self-confidence and preparedness to deal with any hostile situation, to inspire women all over India to not tolerate humiliation and instead fight for their rights and identity," Dr Rao -- who coached the country's Special Forces personnel for years -- told UNI.
Women have to alter their personality from delicate, soft-spoken and submissive darlings to hard, tough-talking persons capable of defending themselves, she said, adding that trouble comes when least expected. 'What happens to others need not happen to me' is a common rationalisation.
"Invest a small portion of your life to prevent a major catastrophe that can upset your entire life. We now have a defence programme at Mumbai's Institute of Martial Science specially designed for ladies to deal with eve-teasers, molestation and sexual assault," Dr Rao -- a seventh-degree black belt in military martial arts -- said.
In the film's title, 'MMA' stands for mixed martial arts. The movie -- which took a year in the making and was shot in Delhi, Mumbai and New York -- is a modern tale inspired by the war epic Mahabharata. A humiliated bride Savitri takes on her husband's oppressors in a hand-to-hand duel of blood, sweat and grit to redeem her honour. More UNI AC SV CS1052 NNNN
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