We all are pretty aware of the situation of women in our country. Leaving behind things like equal pay, equal opportunities, education etc, women at first don't even feel safe. The breach of women safety is reported almost every hour. Not only outside, women are not safe even in their own homes. And situation is much worse for disabled girls. In such a scenario, women are often advised to fight for themselves. Women must become physically efficient to ensure their safety.
Keeping this in mind, a NGO named Sight savers started giving training for Judo to women in Madhya Pradesh so that they can defend themselves when someone attacks them. Jayashree Kumar, the program manager of Sightsavers in Madhya Pradesh, said in an interview, "We started self-defence and judo because the women living in this area with disabilities expressed so much fear that they could face abuse and attacks if they traveled unaccompanied outside their homes."
Janki Goud is one of their students who lost her eyesight at the age of 5 after contracting measles. Life had not been easy for her as people used to take her advantage. She said, "In my village, I did not have any problems because of my blindness. But when I go to the neighborhood around, my movements are restricted. Then, when nobody is with me and I can't see, some people try to take advantage of that opportunity."
In 2010, she was approached to join the Judo training programme. Janki says, "I only started judo training for self-defense. That was the main aim of the program. I didn't have much knowledge in self-defense of judo when I started. The instructor motivated me and people like me who can't see."
However, as time passed, Judo became much more than a self-defense method to her. By now, she was passionate about the sport. She became the National Champion in Blind Judo in 2017. She won Bronze at the International Blind Sports Federation in Uzbekistan.
Speaking about the same, she said, "People thought I couldn't do anything, but now my family is feeling good. This has changed my life."
That's the inspirational story of Janki who proved that nothing is impossible if you have the will power.