Jaipur, 02 January: In an inspirational turn of events, Olympian Krishna Poonia chased down two molesters who were molesting twin sisters. Her sight fell on two frightened teenage girls when she was waiting in her car to pass through a congested railway crossing at a small town in Rajasthan’s Churu district on the New Year’s Day.
In an instant, she realised that a group of three bullies on a motorbike were harassing the girls. The tall, athletic woman got out of the car and confronted the louts. The very sight of her reduced the rowdies to running for their lives but they found more than their match as the woman behind them was none other than Olympian Krishna Poonia — known to throw a 1kg discus more than 60m in international competitions.
She than zigzagged her way behind the fleeing bike for around 50 metres and caught hold of one of them, hauling him off the saddle.
“When I saw those two girls being harassed, I thought that they could well have been my daughters. That made me go after the men,” the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist said to Hindustan Times.
The whole incident attracted a lot of spectators gathered to witness the bravery of Poonia.
“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?” she wondered.
Poonia, then, accompanied the two girls to the police station to file an official FIR.
“The problem with our society is that there are not many people who would raise their voice and protest when they see a girl being harassed. Instead, they choose to stay mute spectators,” said the athlete who represented India in the Beijing and London Olympics.