Facing a constant threat of rape and harassment, the women of New Delhi fight back

New Delhi( CNN) The girls, dressed in colorful saris, giggle as they arrange themselves into rows.

It’s Friday morning in a small apartment in south Delhi, where about 45 females ranging in age from 28 to 50 are forming orderly lines.

These females are not waiting in a queue or getting ready for yoga; they are preparing to fight.

Authorities in India’s capital are increasingly trying to train girls to survive the hostile and dangerous environment they continue to face on its streets after a series of highly publicized rapes rocked the country.

India was also named the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman in a recent survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

This vital form of defense develop is led by the Delhi Police Department, which has been conducting self-defense class across the city since 2002.

The two-week conferences have become the subject of growing demand in recent years, especially since the 2012 gang-rape of college student Jyoti Singh.

They are organized by Goonj( which means “echo” ), a nonprofit that collects donations for flood or earthquake victims.

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