Female Wrestlers Help Change Attitudes Toward Women In India

In the northern Indian state of Haryana an increasing number of young women are taking to wrestling, a sport that has not been traditionally open to them, according to Anjana Pasricha from VOA.

The VOA video shows many of the girls waking up early to train for hours, and says some are inspired by the Indian freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won the bronze medal in Women’s 58 kg category at the Olympic Games in 2016. When asked about Sakshi, one young woman Meenakshi said, “In only nine seconds she made her life wonderful, completed.”

The young women wrestlers are training in a locale known for “male dominated village councils and sex selective abortions,” according to VOA, but attitudes are changing after two female wrestlers did well at the 2010 Commonwealth games.

Speaking about the young women, Pasricha said, “Many of them like 17 year old Tina Malik – who has bagged a national medal – have come from villages where women are often covered from head to toe, and where girls will not mix with boys.” Now, however, the girls can wear sport’s gear without objection.

Watch VOA’s full report…

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