May 21 was a usual day in the life of CV Raghu, the owner of Sri Chamundeshwari Jewellers on Ashoka Pillar Road in Jayanagar, Bengaluru.
The clock struck 8.15pm when a stranger donning a helmet entered the shop that Raghu runs on the ground floor of his duplex home.
At the time, Raghu was with his older daughter, Vaishnavi. When he requested the man to remove his helmet and shoes outside, the unidentified man stepped out.
A moment later, he was joined by five other men, who wore helmets and hand gloves and were armed with knives.
When the men ganged up against her father, threatening to hurt him, Vaishnavi jumped to her father’s rescue and tried to fight off the five men.
It was only a matter of time until Raghu and Vaishnavi were joined by Vaibhavi, the jeweller’s second daughter, who came down to the shop and attempted to drive away the dacoits.
The CCTV captured the entire episode where the two gutsy women in their late 30s rescued their father successfully and thwarted the armed gang’s looting attempt. All in 37 seconds!
Though Raghu sustained injuries on his fingers, the trio was able to push the five men outside. The men fled on their bikes. Wasting no time, Raghu filed a police complaint.
Speaking to The Times of India, Siddapura Police said the dacoity attempt appeared to be organised. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Division), S D Sharanappa, added that a case was registered based on Raghu’s complaint. A special team was put together to capture the criminal gang.
Raghu heaved a sigh of relief as he said it was Lord Venkateswara and his daughters that saved him. He was asked to avoid disclosing any further details by the investigating team.
“We didn’t lose anything by the grace of God,” he told TOI.
We salute the courageous sisters for setting a shining example by displaying bravery in the face of threat! It is time that people know that women will not sit back and watch, they will fight back!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)