Women need to learn martial arts to protect themselves against violent acts, according to Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar.
“The mastery of martial arts is necessary for women to escape dangerous situations,” she said in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Citing the recent rape and robbery attempt inside public transit, and numerous sexual assaults on Jakarta’s Angkot minibuses, Linda said women are often the target of violent attacks.
“Many female workers using public transport to return home late at night become victims of assault,” she explained. “Women are often seen as weak, so they become sitting ducks for criminals,” Linda added.
“Therefore, women must master martial arts in order to protect themselves,” she said.
Linda also called on the police to take the strongest possible action against the perpetrators of rape and robbery.
“A strong deterrent is needed to stop such people,” she said.