#Bollywood #Celebrities are doing their bit for women safety in India. The latest to join the women safety club is Indian superstar Akshay Kumar who has launched a unique campaign for women. He has started a campaign wherein women will be trained in self defence measures.

The actor, who has been trained in martial art in Bangkok and has huge interest in sports, feels that women can be empowered in the country only by way of giving them training in martial art, so that they can safeguard themselves at the time of adversity.

The campaign launched by him, will offer free training in martial art and give them training in self-defence. More than 300 girls are already part of these classes in Maharashtra and there are plans in pipeline to start the classes in other states too.

In wake of increasing crime against women, martial art training has emerged as the need of the hour in India. While government agencies have introduced women in the training of judo-karate and other forms of martial art, an initiative by an actor would invite a wider attention.

Akshay Kumar is busy promoting his upcoming thriller "Gabbar is Back", produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali but has taken out time to talk in order to promote the initiative. His upcoming film is a story of a common man waging a war against corruption in the society. The character in the film sees Akshay as a disgruntled man who creates a parallel army of common people who fight against corruption. He hopes to teach martial arts to more and more women through the campaign.

He hopes that the initiative would help in decreasing the crime rate in India. According to a statement, the initiative involves training 300 girls each week. The target of the campaign is to involve women from all sections of the society, starting from high-flying executives from corporate houses to house maids. Professional trainers have been hired for the campaign, who will offer practical tips to women.

Akshay Kumar has been vocal about women safety issues and has aggressively supported the cause for long. Last year, he had inaugurated a special martial art training center in Andheri, Mumbai, where women and children are seeking training.