Women don’t need a man to come and rescue them anymore. Any other woman can do the job just fine. A similar happened when Olympian Krishna Poonia laid her eyes on three men harrassing two teenage girls. The Indian discus thrower was in Churu, Rajasthan, waiting at a railway crossing in her car when she happened to witness three motorcyclists harassing the two young girls. Apparently, when the hoodlums saw a tall, muscular woman walking towards them, they attempted to flee on their bike only to have Poonia sprint-chase after them.
Not heroic enough yet? Well, she managed to grab one of the men and pulled him off the bike. A large crowd gathered as she sent the convicts off to the police station. Poonia also expressed her discontent with the efficiency of the police in protecting women. While speaking to a national daily, Krishna Poonia criticised cops and asked about the safety of women. She said, “The police station was barely two minutes away from the spot but it took the cops some time to reach and I had to phone them twice. How will cops ensure women’s safety if they arrive late?”
The 39-year-old woman, who won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, says that taking the step was important as the victim could just as easily have been her own daughter.
Incidentally, it was New Year’s day, when a similar incident of molestation was reported in Bengaluru. A large number of women were allegedly molested by mobs on MG Road and Brigade Road. Responding to the case, Karnataka home minister G Parameshwara said that these are common things that happen and he even blamed it to the western ways.
There was a lot of hue and cry when Nirbhaya was brutally gang raped in 2012. Three years down the line, several laws have been made, but are girls safe in our society?