Police are set to train all girls countrywide in martial arts to arm them against rapists and defilers.
By INNOCENT ANGUYO
Following a surge in cases of rape and defilement in recent years, Police are set to train all girls countrywide in martial arts to arm them against rapists and defilers.
The Inspector General of Police Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura said girls will be imparted with skills of fighting-off rapists and defilers.
Among other things, the girls will be tutored on how to harm rapists and defilers where it hurts most, consequently sending them to flee in excruciating pain. They will also be taken through physical-fitness drills.
“For the case of rape and defilement, police have offered as a community policing approach to train women especially in all areas of vulnerability such as Kampala and other urban centers across the country in martial Arts,” Kayihura revealed.
“There is no-way we can have a policeman to guard you in whatever you do and where ever you go. Therefore, you should be your own police-officer first. Individual security-consciousness is the foundation of national security,” the IGP reiterated.
Kayihura also urged Ugandans to safeguard their homesteads saying premises security was the core of community stability. He added that the primary responsibility of ensuring security of offices, homes and public places was in the court of their owners.
“Police should not come after the crime has occurred, please listen to me and take up this training as a remedy for crime. In fact, everyone should take this training to be fit since fitness is a therapy for crime, nobody can dare you when you are fit, have you heard of heavily built men getting mugged by thugs?” Kayihura asked.
He further stated that public places such as disco clubs, video halls and other places had proved to be fertile ground for illicit activities such as drug abuse and sale of drugs due to failure of their proprietors to identify and weed-out criminals.
“Honestly, you can fend-off some petty crimes when you are physically fit. Fitness also gives you confidence in your ability to protect yourself. Imagine how you would feel if small street kids mug you and make-away with your handbag!’’ Kayihura added.
The IGP also vowed to crack down on laxity in the police force warning that, “You must account to the community. Any police officer who is assigned an area of responsibility from the leadership to a lower constable and fails to match-up to the expectation of people must account personally for his/her action. Anybody who is opposed to this must get out of the police force.”
“We are talking about people’s lives. The constitution is clear about the role of police- to protect life and property, therefore, anybody who is not ready to perform and be humiliated in the public in light of meeting that function should just quit,” Kayihura bitterly warned.
Police to train girls in martial arts as remedy for rape