Delhi Police has entered the Limca Book of Records by training over two lakh women and girls under their self-defense program in 2017, police said on Wednesday, December 12.
Started in 2002, the Delhi Police's self-defense program is carried out by the Special Police Unit For Women and Children (SPUWAC) and 9,80,456 women under 5,140 program have been trained till November this year, they added.
The SPUWAC had written to Limca Book Of Records in February citing they have trained 2,08,125 participants under 989 programs in 2017. The Delhi Police shared press releases, press clippings and data of all the schools, colleges and other places where the program was carried out, said an officer, privy to the development.
After authentication by the Limca Book Of Records, the SPUWAC received an email informing them about their achievement.
"We had shared details about the number of women trained under this programme with the Limca Book of Records officials and, after scrutinising the number and other aspects, they informed us today (Wednesday) about our feat," Geeta Rani Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (SPUWAC), said.
The Delhi Police will receive the award in February 2019, Verma added.
"We did not work for the award. We achieved our target and after getting this award, it has boosted our confidence and we will train more participants next year. Our target for 2019 is to train around 3.5 lakh women and make them strong to deal with any kind of situation," she said.
The officer said it had not been an easy journey for them. In 2002, they trained only 57 women in two programs.
"It took time to create awareness about the program and once the women started showing their interest, the number of participants increased every year," said another officer.
This is not the first time Delhi Police's name will figure in the Limca Book Of Records. In 2016, the Delhi Police had entered the Limca Book of Records for solving the biggest cash heist case of the country in November 2015 by recovering Rs 22.49 crore of stolen money.