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MSSA boxing championship a medium to sharpen girls' self defence?

Parents encourage their young girls to take up boxing for self defence to tackle tough situations

Janhavi Churi of Mary Immaculate (Borivli) won the gold medal in the U-12 under-30 kg weight category of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school boxing championships at the District Sports Office (DSO) Sports Complex in Dharavi yesterday.

Janhavi Churi (in red) of Mary Immaculate (Borivli) lands a punch on Aarya Dwivedi (blue) of Gopal Sharma Memorial School (Powai) during their U-12 bout in the MSSA Boxing Championships at the District Sports Office Sports Complex in Dharavi yesterday. Pic/Sameer Markande
Janhavi Churi (in red) of Mary Immaculate (Borivli) lands a punch on Aarya Dwivedi (blue) of Gopal Sharma Memorial School (Powai) during their U-12 bout in the MSSA Boxing Championships at the District Sports Office Sports Complex in Dharavi yesterday. Pic/Sameer Markande

She beat Aarya Dwivedi of Gopal Sharma Memorial School (Powai) via technical knockout. Four punches from Janhavi were too much to handle for little Aarya, who injured her right eye and began crying.

In the wake of increasing crimes against women, parents of some of the female participants here revealed that their primary aim to encourage their wards to take up the sport is to sharpen their self defence skills that will benefit them in the long run.

Janhavi’s father, Amol said, "She should be able to face every problem in life. That’s why I’ve encouraged her to take up sports like boxing, karate and taekwondo."

Aarya’s father, Rakesh wants his girl to be a police officer. "Self defence is key in today’s crime-filled society. I want my daughter to be a fearless police officer," he said. 

U-15 gold medal-winner Saisha Sawant echoed similar sentiments. "If someone attacks you, boxing can be a helpful self defence mechanism," she said. 

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