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J&K: Girls to receive arms training to counter militants Submitted by admin4 on 12 August 2011 - 8:47pm Indian Muslim By Agence

India Press, Jammu: The Indian Army officials in Rajouri district imparted arms training to g irls with an aim to combat militancy in Jammu & Kashmir. Girls in Rajouri district were trained to use the weapons by the army personnel of the paramilitary 63 Rashtriya Rifles. The aim of the training is to curb the rising militancy in the state. Young girls, who generally live in a protected environment, came forward to lear n the usage of weapons, which they could use in self-defence. At the 'Know Your Army' stall, visitors got an opportunity to see various weapon s, which the army had taken into its custody after it had conducted raids at the militant camps in the valley. Priyanka Sharma, a local told Agence India Press that the Indian army has organi sed a fair here. They have a stall here by the name of 'Know your Army'. The off icials told us about various arms and ammunitions. Many schoolchildren received arms training for their own security. We learnt how to use these rifles and if n eed be, we would be able to use them. The main purpose of the fair was to create awareness about the functioning of th e defence forces among the general population and the various career opportuniti es that were provided by the armed forces. "There was a small camp set up in this area by the army. Numerous weapons were d isplayed in the fair. We had never seen these weapons earlier, so we got to lear n a lot from these army officials," said Parveen Akhtar, a local. The visitors got a chance to see tanks and infantry combat vehicles and they wer e also allowed to take a ride on few of these vehicles. The villagers also got an opportunity to learn the usage of the highly advanced AK-47 rifles. Army officials organised this fair, with an aim to promote the spirit of women e mpowerment among the locals. "This is a backward area, so girls generally stay inside their houses and don't move out often. This is an initiative to bring these girls to the forefront. Many girls participated in this event. The army officials imparted knowledge abo ut various ammunitions as well, so that girls gain confidence, so that they can become independent and work in the future," said Colonel D.D. Swen, member, 63 R ashtriya rifles.