In a bid to equip women to take care of their own security, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, along with Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray, had set up Women’s Self-Defence Centre (WSDC) in the city. Moved by the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case that happened in Delhi, Akshay started the centre that imparts free martial arts training to women at Andheri Sports Complex.

Last week, a 19-year-old WSDC student proved that the institute is serving the purpose it was set up for amidst the media frenzy. Sherya Naik who lives in Andheri was on her way home when a waiter from a nearby restaurant attacked her. Using the ‘hammer’ technique that she had learnt at Akshay’s institute, she overpowered her attacker and also dragged him to the police station.

Narrating the incident, Shreya said, “He suddenly came close and pounced on me. I started hitting him with one hand and with the other hand I was trying to call my mother to come down, as my house was just about 30 seconds away. He tried snatching my phone away as he didn’t want me to alert anyone. I caught his hair and gave him a ‘hammer’, a style of attack taught to me at the centre. He started pleading with me to let go, saying ‘Bas haath hi lagaya, aur kya kia…’. I caught hold of his collar and started dragging him towards the main road. He was trying hard to get away but I held on to his collar. Later, some people helped me and one person called the police. Within 10-15 minutes the police arrived and he was arrested.”

When the Khiladi heard of this feat, he was impressed as well as proud of Sherya. Akshay has decided to felicitate her upon his return from London where he is currently shooting for his upcoming film Rustom.

“Aaditya Thackeray and I are super proud of Shreya Naik, a 19 year old enrolled in our Women’s Self Defence Centre who single-handedly tackled and got her molester arrested!” Akki wrote on social media.