Silver medalist wrestler Babita Nagar, coaches 40 rural girls for free in her field in Greater Noida’s to empower women

Babita educates wrestling and kabaddi to 40 girls, mostly aged between 15 and 17. The training goes on up to 8 am, after which Babita travels to start work as a police official and begins at 4 am.

Babita educates wrestling and kabaddi to 40 girls, mostly aged between 15 and 17. The training goes on up to 8 am, after which Babita travels to start work as a police official and begins at 4 am. Things weren't so fortunate constantly.

When Babita took up wrestling in 1992, she was ridiculed and humiliated by lads in the wrestling pit that was dominated by men.

Braving the chances, Babita continued to train as a wrestler and fight with sex stereotypes. After winning many national and state level tournaments, Babita joined the Delhi police under the sports quota, as a constable in 2001.

She said after she joined the police force the villagers’ comprehension of her altered. She is the first women from her village.

In 2005, after visiting Balali village, home to Geeta Phogat, India’s first gold medallist in women’s wrestling at Commonwealth Games, Babita was inspired by the facilities and encouragement for women to occupy the sport and needed to inspire girls of her village to learn wrestling.

“Initially, I used to coach the women in my hamlet on muddy roads and agricultural fields that were vacant.

After 24 years of battle, Babita stands tall as a coach, guide and a decent authorities official. Now, lads and men in Sadullapur approach her to learn wrestling, she notes.

After Babita’s success story are supporting them to take up wrestling. Babita has changed the mindset of many and given women a brand new opportunity to make a mark. Get them married and the tradition in our region was to train girls to an intermediate level. Nobody thought that girls should have a livelihood, an advocate from the region, ” Mangeram Bhati, said.

I dreamt of becoming a wrestler after I saw women’s wrestling on television but I didn’t understand how you can go about it. Afterward, I discovered of Babita didi (elder sister) two years ago and joined her academy,” 18-year-old Dolly Bhati, an undergraduate student, said.

Dolly and eight girls from Maicha village travel 35 kilometers daily to attend the training. The school is situated near Sadullapur station on the Delhi-Howrah route.

Babita says her aim would be to empower women through a combination of wrestling and education.

“Two years ago, I fenced 5,000 square yards of agricultural land, constructed a temporary room, restroom and mud wrestling pit to provide better training to the I could not win Olympic medals or do better in wrestling due to deficiency of sports facilities here.

Babita takes no fee from her pupils and spends her cash to run the facility. Nevertheless, Babita moans the lack of training facilities for women wrestlers. The closest wrestling arenas to Sadullapur are in Delhi and Meerut.

In the lack of tarpaulin mats, girls have to train in mud pits. I train them in wrestling and kabaddi,” Babita said.

“Girls from villages fail to realize their sports fantasies because the government doesn't care to provide facilities. Girls can do wonders if we've got proper facilities. Girls from Haryana shine in sports as they will have the facilities for it, right from the district level,” she said.

Babita said that young women who couldn't continue to train due to financial problems often choose employment in the police department; she's helped around 70 women join the police force in Delhi and UP over the last ten years.

“To produce world-class wrestlers, the government will need to supply sports facilities which might be on par with international standards. I 've to train ladies in the mud because we cannot afford ” she said.

The 32-year old is a role model.