Neha Shrimal is mother, a self-defence instructor and advocate for safety in schools. She started a campaign on Change.org calling on the government of Maharashtra to introduce school-based self-defence training for all children from age 4 upwards.
In December 2018, upon seeing a favourable comment from a Decision Maker on Twitter, Neha met the Education Commissioner and made a petition delivery.
A month later, the Education Minister of Maharashtra told the press, “taking due cognisance of the petition on change.org, I am now considering running the programme, and making it a part of the curriculum. We recently decided to introduce an hour-long sports session for school students. And we are planning to introduce self-defence as a part of these sessions. With this, we have decided to start mandatory self-defence training in schools.”