Mumbai: At a time when incidents such as rapes and molestation are on the rise across the country, a fearless girl in Maharashtra has set an example for those who look up to the government and society for their safety.
When attacked by a drunk man at Mumbai's Kandivali station earlier this week, Pradnya Mandhare did not only singlehandedly fight him off but also dragged him by his hair to the nearest police station.
20-year old Mandhare, a third-year Bachelor of Mass Media student at Sathaye College in Vile Parle, got down at the Kandivali station while going to her home in Borivali from her college.
While she was waiting for another train at around 2:30 pm, a drunk man approached her and started touching her “inappropriately”.
“When I tried to avoid him, he grabbed me. I was shocked for a couple of seconds, but then I started hitting him with my bag," a newspaper quoted the student as saying.
More shocking was the fact that none from the crowd came forward to help her when the incident occurred. She then did what we do not witness usually; she fiercely grabbed the 25-year-old man by his hair and dragged him to the nearest Government Railway Police (GRP) station.
“Most women are scared of approaching the police as filing a complaint is a lengthy process. But, I was firm on taking that man to the police,” the daily further quoted her as saying.
“Every woman should fight back in such cases and they should not keep quiet. Women are not objects for anyone to touch at will,” she added.