Olympic athlete Krishna Poonia recently turned into a superhero when she chased down men who were harassing two girls in Churu district of Rajasthan.
The incident took place on New Year’s Eve at a busy railway crossing. Krishna, who was inside her car at the time realised that not only were three bikers trying to molest the two girls (who are also sisters) but that no one else in the crowded area was trying to interject and save them. She decided to take matters into her own hands and went after the men.
The athlete successfully pinned down one of harassers and called the police. Even though the girls were initially hesitant to file a complaint fearing that their parents would stop them from going out again, Krishna persuaded them to seek justice and help bring the perpetrators behind bars.
Krishna is a discus thrower who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth games in 2010.
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In an interview with BBC, Krishna also spoke against the objectification of women, which she believes leads to incidents like this one and the mob molestation that took place in Bangalore on New Year’s Eve.
Condemning both incidents 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. It’s so ironic that two young women won India’s two medals at the Rio Games and the whole country celebrated, and then we also recently witnessed horrific scenes in Bangalore.”
Her heroic act has been appreciated and lauded across the country with many taking to social media to show their appreciation.
— Celia Barlow (@CeliaBarlow1) January 5, 2017
Olympian Krishna Poonia a real life hero after saving 3 women from being molested
She chased 1 of them & caught him https://t.co/17zapcyra9
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) January 3, 2017
As for Krishna, she says she doesn’t know if there is one solution that can definitively address the safety of women in the country, but she does succinctly put, “I guess each of us has to do what we can to stop these incidents.”