Indian Female Olympian Heroically Saves Teenage Girls From Harassment

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Sameera Ehteram
Krishna Poonia is a champion discus thrower who has represented India in the Beijing and London Olympics. But more than that, she is a real-life superhero.

When Krishna Poonia witnessed two young girls being harassed by a group of men on motorbikes, she just didn't ignore the incident — she took it upon herself to go after the rascals.  

She hit out at one of the eve-teasers who ran away but she did not give up and caught one of them with the help of her driver.

Poonia not only chased the bullies away in her car but also helped the girls lodge a case in the nearby police station.

"I was shocked and horrified when I saw these men trying to molest the girls in front of so many people at a busy railway crossing. Nobody did anything until I got out of the car and chased them myself," she said.

"Some men only believe in objectifying women. They think women are only made for objectifying, and when they get an opportunity to attack, they don't think twice," she added.

"We thank Ms. Poonia for intervening. We always urge the public to be vigilant and report such incidents to the police," said Police Inspector Gopiram.

Poonia was, however, disappointed by the police's lax response. "How will the police ensure the safety of women if they take so long to act?" she said.

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Krishna Poonia is indeed a special woman. The discus thrower led an Indian clean sweep in the women's discus final on Oct. 11, 2010, winning the Delhi Commonwealth Games. She won a bronze medal in 2006 Doha Asian Games. She contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but failed to reach the finals and finished 10th in the qualifiers.

On 8 May 2012, she bettered her personal best with a throw of 64.76 meters in Hawaii, U.S., which is the new national record.

She was also awarded with the civilian honor of Padma Shri Award by the Government of India in 2011.

Indians on social media were all praise for the Olympian.

 

 

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But the praise, no matter how well deserved, is just isn't enough. Women's security remains a serious issue in India.

Just a few days ago four men were arrested in India's technology hub of Bengaluru over a video recording of a New Year attack on a woman.

The CCTV footage showed a man dismounting from a bike to grab the woman and drag her towards the vehicle. The other man on the bike briefly joined the struggle as bystanders watched on.

However, the assailants let go of her, threw her to the ground and rode off.

Despite the uproar and the resulting measures after the horrible 2012 Delhi gang rape, there were more than 34,000 rapes reported in 2015.

Authorities often face criticism for not doing enough to address a weak system of law enforcement and policing that leaves women vulnerable.

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