The BBC reports that sex workers in southern India have responded to abuse and mistreatment by taking up a new skill: karate. There are reportedly nearly 3 million sex workers in India. "A thug once stripped me of my clothes and told me to run naked," one sex worker told the BBC. "From now on, I think nobody can do that to me. I will kick him."
The women say they were so fed up with abuse that they approached a local community group for help.
The organisers hope the course in the ancient self-defence technique sends a message that violence against sex workers must stop.