Chain snatching is a common menace across the country, where more often than not, hapless victims are reduced to a state of shock and fear after the incident and are temporarily unable to either fight back or even identify the muggers.
But not S Soumya, a feisty mother of two from Thevalakkara village in Kollam district, who almost lost her thalimala (wedding chain) to a bike-borne duo of thieves.
“When my wedding chain was snatched from my neck, I felt like I lost the most important thing I had gained in life. I decided I would not go home without the chain. The drive to get the chain back to get the chain back no matter what, kept me going. I thought of nothing else and kept chasing the thieves on my scooter,” said Soumya to Manorama, a local daily.
A salesperson at a private establishment, the 28-year-old had been returning home from work on her two-wheeler in the evening when the incident occurred.
Almost like an action movie sequence, what followed next was an adrenaline-charged chase for over a stretch of three and a half kilometres.
“I am only giving up after I get my chain back. Leave it and go,” Soumya kept yelling at the assailants, who, in turn, were hurling abuses at her. Soumya even threw her helmet so that she can shout to the pedestrians on the road to help her. Finally, when nothing was working, she did the only thing that occurred to her at that moment.
Soumya rammed straight into the robber’s bike and ended up toppling both the vehicles.
Fortunately, people rushed to the scene and managed to grab one of the thieves. However, the other man, who had Soumya’s thali, managed to scoot away only to fall straight into the police’s hands.
Soumya’s dauntless pursuit was highly lauded by people in Thevalakkara, where she is apparently being hailed as a local celebrity now. Soumya’s husband Babu is a tailor while her two daughters, Sabna and Sona, are studying in Class 5 and Class 3, respectively.