They are nuns who know how to take care of themselves – and its a skill they are eager to share.
Introducing India’s Kung Fu nuns who are teaching self defence to young women amid rising reports of rape in the country.
“Most people think nuns just sit and pray, but we do more,“ said 19-year-old Jigme Wangchuk Lhamo, one of the Kung Fu trainers, as she rested after an intense two-hour session in Hemis village, 40 km (25 miles) from the northern city of Leh.
“We walk the talk. If we act, people will think if: ‘If nuns can act, why can’t we?’”
“Kung Fu will make them stronger and more confident,“ she said, adding that they decided to teach self-defence after hearing of cases of rape and molestation.
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India’s remote and mountainous Ladakh region is perhaps the last place you would expect to see jabs and thrust kicks, especially performed by religious devotees.
But the nuns putting students through their paces belong to the Drukpa order of Himalayan Buddhism where they are encouraged to practice martial arts and celebrate gender equality.