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International Women’s Day: Jijauchya Waghini – a group which is teaching Nagpur girls the art of self-defense

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Vaishnavi Thakur displays her self-defense skills. (Photo by: Harish Nimje)

At a time where cases of crime against women are increasing throughout the country, it has become necessary for girls to be able to fight back and defend themselves in the case of eve teasing and molestation. Keeping this in mind  – ‘Jijauchya Waghini’ – a group led by the members of Nagpur dhol tasha pathak ‘Shivagya Pratishthan Mardani Talim Pathak has started teaching martial arts and defense techniques to enable young girls to safeguard themselves from these social evils. ‘Jijauchya Waghini’ literally translates into – ‘Jija Mata’s (Chhatrapati Shivaji’s Maharaj’s mother) Tigresses’. On International Women’s Day, Nation Next tells you ‘Jijauchya Waghini’ which is ensuring the safety of women in their own way?

Need to fight back!

Jijauchya Waghini was started in December 2016 after a young girl from the ‘Shivagya Pratishthan Mardani Talim Pathak along with her friends was eve teased near Futala lake, Nagpur. Sonal Deshmukh, a 25-year-old, while narrating the incident says, Around five months back my friends and I were near Futala on our respective two-wheelers. Two boys on a bike started following us and the guy riding pillion passed lewd comments. They continued doing this for a while. We finally decided to teach them a lesson and stopped them at Dharampeth. I got off from my bike and slapped the guy riding pillion. After that, a lot of people gathered at the spot and thrashed those boys. It was then when I realised how important it is for girls to be able to protect themselves during such dangerous situations.

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Jhanvi Lonare during a training session. (Photo by: Suyash Sethiya)

More power to girls

Speaking to Nation Next about Jijauchya Waghini, Ritesh Balwaik – the head of ‘Shivagya Pratishthan Mardani Talim Pathak’ – says, Sonal’s experience and the similar cases of increasing crime against women led to the formation of Jijauchya Waghini. Through this group, we intend to develop a platform for the girls, where they can learn martial arts and simple but effective techniques for their self-defense. It is a platform aimed at making girls completely self-dependent in terms of safety.” Speaking further about the group’s future plans, Ritesh says, “We want to create a large brigade of well trained and brave girls for handling dangerous situations. To spread the awareness about the ?Jijauchya Waghini, contact numbers of our girl representatives will be listed in Nagpur colleges along with the our banners. We have also requested college girls to add our representative’s contact number on their Whatsapp group so that if any boy misbehaves with the girls, our representatives can go and teach him a lesson. In addition to this, we have decided to organise workshops for the city college girls through which they can learn the self-defense techniques.

Free for all

At present around fifty Nagpur girls are taking self defense and martial arts training from trainers – Mangesh Karole and Chetan Bhonsle – at Jijauchaya Waghini. These girls are being taught the techniques of spear and sword fighting and to fight with simple things like a ladies scarf and bamboo sticks. The registration is free for all girls. At present the training sessions are being held at Reshimbagh and Gadikhana ground in the evening hours. Any girl who wishes to take the self-defense training from Jijauchya Waghini group can contact on .

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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