Times of India Newspaper: Women besieged: How to make it a safer world for women

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Bangalore : Women have been pulled, punched and abused in front of a paralysed public in the heart of town over the last 10 days. It
didn’t matter what you wore: salwar kameez or a spaghetti top. Random violence had made Bangalore ask urgently: `How do we combat this menace?’

The most practical and effective is a community-oriented response. Human rights organizations, women’s organizations, student unions, teacher bodies, social organizations, lawyers’ collectives like Alternative Law Forum should band with the police to offer a solution.

[KravMagaSelfDefenseBengaluru.in] [Post] It can take the form of a common helpline which victims can call and quick response teams consisting of members of these outfits who arrive at the spot immediately to help. The helpline, activists suggest, can be linked to a police line who will also get the call simultaneously and rush to the spot.

Role of public:

Most critical is the public response during and after the attack. A distressing aspect about the recent incidents has been the apathy of bystanders. Forget helping, they quickly quit the scene to avoid trouble. If the public were to help, the accused could be quickly caught and punished making women feel safer. Public can contact the police if the victim isn’t in a position to do so. If the offender escapes, details like the clothes worn, physical description and car or bike numbecan be noted down. According to advocate B N Jagdeesh, bystandecan also file FIrs. Recording the incident or the picture of the attackers on a camera phone can help with investigations.

The role of police:

For starters, if they treat the victims with dignity and register their complaint promptly, it would be a big help. There have been instances when the cops have told women, “If you were dressed like this, no doubt you got into trouble.” Preventive measures would also help. “Just as some people are questioned to get to others in a robbery, the same strategy can be tried here to find out who the attackers are,” some activists suggest.

Self-defence/seeking help:

While self-defence tools like pepper spray, Swiss knives or even basic skills of Karate and Taekwondo can make women feel safer, the larger issue is to make women feel safe even without them in the city. Jasmeen Patheja who started the blank noise' movement believes that the first thing women should realize is thatthey did not ask for it’; the way women dress or carry themselves cannot justify the act of men harassing them. “Not being embarrassed to call for help is the first self-defence move that a woman can take. There is usually a sense of fear and embarrassment. No one wants to talk about it openly,” she says.

Israeli Krav Maga Self-Defence advice:

“Be alert. Women’s gut instincts are very strong. Use it effectively. Use simple reflex actions, like putting up your hand when someone’s trying to slap. Kick his vulnerable areas like groin, knees, poke his eyes. Use your body weapons like legs and hands. Don’t slap as it can be stopped easily. Use handy weapons like mobiles, keys and pens. Be confident to fight and escape quickly,” says Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore expert, Franklin Joseph.

Mentally alert:

Sociologist and human rights activist, Sudha Sitaram says women should “be prepared on the mental plane, confident to make a move, talk to people around. The police have failed completely in these cases.” DG, home guards, Jija Madhavan Hari Singh says, “It will definitely help if women know techniques like karate and taekwondo but we have been hearing this for the past five years. It is time for the police or some civil organizations to take the lead and stop this.”

Legal options:

FIR is the first step. It helps to go with a group of people to the police station. The victim or witnesses can file FIR with all the details they have. A copy of the FIR should be given to the complainant or informant by the police officer free of cost. Jagdeesh stresses that if the victim undergoes a medical examination after the attack, then the medical officer should be told in detail about the incident so that he can explain the wounds. This will help in the investigation.

If police don’t help:

Take the compliant to the higher authorities. If even that doesn’t work, a writ of mandamus can be sought asking the court to direct the police. Under section 154 of CRPC any witness with information about the case can submit it to police. Women who are alone and not getting any help after the attack can call ‘Fearless Karnataka’ on 9448043941.


In most incidents assaultersr’s have made an issue of ‘jeans or sleeveless dresses’. Sociologists dismiss dress as a debatable point. Women across the world are assaultersd and raped irrespective of how they dress. “It’s rubbish, just an excuse to assault women. Why are rural and Dalit women raped in large numbers? Is it because they wear jeans?” says sociologist, Sudha Sitaram. According to Professor of sociology, Asha Bajpai, even three-years -old children are raped. “I don’t think dress can ever be a reason. Women in saris and burqas are assaultersd. We shouldn’t be getting into such debates,” she added.

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In 2007, Mr. Franklin Joseph migrated from Delhi to Karnataka & founded Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy. He recently started Krav Maga Self Defense in Hubballi Dharwad too. In these academy, apart from learning Israeli Military Krav Maga Self Defence tactics, these one-of-a-kind unique life saving skill-set exclusively incorporated by Specialist Guru-ji Franklin Joseph are added to your training.
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Mr. Franklin Joseph started his Krav Maga training in 2003 under Mr. Vicky Kapoor, Chief Instructor of Krav Maga in India. He was internationally certified as a Senior Civilian Maga Self Defence Instructor (2003 batch) and was the Regional Director of the International Krav Maga Federation (‘I.K.M.F.’) at Bangalore from 2007 onwards till 2012. He had also trained under and was certified by the Grandmaster Avi Moyal, Chief Instructor, I.K.M.F., Israel and has attended countless workshops by Krav Maga legends & stalwarts like Grandmaster Eyal Yanilov, Chief Instructor, K.M.G., Israel, Master Shlomi Moyal, Master Gabi Noah and Master Amnon Darsa etc. Now, he founded & run an independent organization – Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy in Bengaluru, Hubballi and Dharwad.
‘Guru-ji’ and ‘Dr. Safety’ are honorary alias given to him by his Krav Maga Self Defence practitioners. He also added Ninja Kubaton Pressure Points Self Defence Tool in his Krav Maga capsules to help promote its unique and amazing tactics.
Franklin JosephPower To Women Self Defense Corporate Workshops
Mr Franklin Joseph has conducted 400+ Power to Women Corporate Self Defence Workshops. These corporate women Self Defense workshops have been conducted PAN India from Jaipur to Hyderabad or Delhi to Bengaluru or Chennai to Kolkata etc. Lot of women who have learned Women Self Defense have shared their point of views on the training, hardships & rewards of learning from Guru-ji Franklin Joseph & Krav Maga Self Defense along with other elements uniquely & exclusively added in their training.
Many a times, Mr. Joseph has been invited as a guest lecturer on Girl-Child Self Defense in various universities and colleges like Indian Institute of Management – Bengaluru, National Institute of Technology – Trichy, S.I.E.S. College of Arts Science and Commerce – Mumbai, S.R.M. Institute of Science and Technology – Chennai, Mithibai College & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology – Mumbai, Christ University & Jain University – Bengaluru etc.
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Franklin Joseph founded iTeachiPower.in – Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defense Wellness Education Workshop for schools & colleges. Ms. Krystal Joseph is the C.E.O. of iTeachiPower.in and is also the youngest Instructor of Krav Maga & iTeachiPower.in in Karnataka. Together we have conducted some online & workshops in various school & NGO like Unacademy, The Baale Mane, Kendriya Vidyalaya, D.V.B School etc.
Few of the objectives of iTeachiPower.in Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defense Wellness Workshop are
  • Empower the girls with Krav Maga Self Defense based on reflex-action science
  • Recruit the best toppers as an instructor within the establishment
  • Train the staff, Certify the institution & establish a GIRL SAFE ZONE
  • Future Plans – Networking, Mentorship & Advance Training Boot Camps
Franklin Joseph‘s Award, Achievement, Recommendations & Clientele
In 2017, Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy was granted ‘Best Service Excellence Award 2017’ by Luxury Travel Magazine, London, United Kingdom.
Mr. Franklin Joseph has imparted his training as an Assistant Instructor with National Security Guard (N.S.G.) or Black Cat Commandos.
He was also the Senior Krav Maga instructor training the I.P.S. & I.A.S. probationers officers in S.V.P. National Police Academy, Hyderabad. He has also trained Krav Maga Self Defence to women personal of the Hubballi-Dharwad Police.
United States of America Department – O.S.A.C. organization’s Indian Women Safety Report 2014 stating a recommendation -“Franklin Joseph is a good Self Defence instructor that also focuses on psychological empowerment in his workshops”.
Mr. Joseph was honorarily awarded a plaque for his commitment towards women entrepreneurship and economic empowerment by Government of Karnataka in ThinkBig 2016 Women Entrepreneurs Convention Exhibition.
Among Franklin Joseph prestigious clients include Government of India Indian Railways, Defence Research Development Organization (D.R.D.O.), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (H.A.L.) and Bangalore Commissioner of Police along with Vanitha Sahayavani N.G.O.
Franklin Joseph workshops have been conducted in more than 100 corporate PAN India clients – NASSCOM, TATA, Amazon, L&T, Wipro, HP, APC, HSBC, Dell, TNT, Amazon, GE, COLT, Alcatel-Lucent, Harman, Syngene, Titan, P&G, Ebay Paypal, Cisco, Qualcomm, Dupont, Yahoo, 3M, ABB, Dupont, HCL, Deutsche Bank, ITC Group, Accenture, Cognizant, Monsanto, Tavant, NIIT, NESS, Infosys, Goldman Sacs, Thomson Reuters, Total etc.
Experiences that forged Franklin Joseph‘s spirit
Mr. Franklin Joseph was born into the slums of New Delhi, India, and from an early age, he was unwillingly exposed to some elements of sexual abuse and violent crime. After surviving 22-25 years in street violence and abusive circumstances, he gradually converted his bad experiences into positive knowledge. Today many of his projects have their base in what he learned from his grass-root level experience from crime, violence & abuse from his past merged with cutting edge scientific knowledge & skill set he has acquired since then.
In his TEDx talk video, he showcases his dark humour, skills and knowledge of ‘Combat Science’ with a jaw-dropping opening line “I See Dead People” indirectly referencing to the fact that lack of preparation against crime could be a fatal mistake. He is voluntarily self-retired after 11 years of working in the IT industry as a Creative Director, Project Manager, Senior Website Designer and Search Engine Optimization Specialist.
He also worked as a freelancer with Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014 for 7 years when his quest to educate others to help them understand and deal with crime and violence was born.
Franklin Joseph‘s Modern yet Radical Approach
Mr Franklin Joseph, in essence, represents the changing face of self-defence especially women self-defence education. He is among the pioneers who have recognized just as crime is dynamic, changing and adapting, so too should crime prevention methodology and fighting tactics. He has tirelessly, and often at a great personal sacrifice to his financial growth or his family life, overcome enormous hurdles to advance the cause of helping improve safety for men, women & children. No matter what the cost, he is clear that he will achieve his mission of a safer world through proper education, training and a holistic approach to self-defence.
Press, TV & New Media presence of Franklin Joseph
Mr. Franklin Joseph has been featured in various articles or videos showcasing his goal of a safe world, free of abuse and crime, especially for girl-child and women. Some media names are Times of India, Hindustan Times, Bangalore Mirror, DNA, Deccan Herald, The New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle etc., Magazines like Tehelka, 080 Bangalore, Bengaluru Pages, LiveMint.com, GlobalPost.com, TimeOut Bengaluru etc., TV shows and News Channels like ZeeTv, CNN-Ibn, NDTV 24×7, TV9 News, Swarna Channel, Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Times Now etc.
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