Kusum Kumari, a 15-year old girl from Jalandhar in Punjab, grabbed headlines for her bravery a few days ago, after she fought off attackers who were trying to snatch her mobile phone. Her video confronting the snatchers with exemplary courage has gone viral on social media, with netizens praising the young girl - daughter of a daily wage labourer - for her presence of mind.
The footage shows Kusum, walking back home, when a bike slowed down close to her and a pillion rider tried to attack her with a sharp weapon and snatch her phone. However, she fearlessly fought the attacker and after a brief chase, she managed to grab him by his T-shirt and dragged him off the bike.
She has been admitted to a private hospital, after receiving injuries on her wrist during the attack.
Lauding her bravery, the Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar has decided to send her name for the national and state level Bravery Awards. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori also announced a cash award of Rs.51,000 to recognise her bravery.
The police have arrested one of the two accused, 22-year-old Avinash Kumar, who is currently in police remand. He has been charged under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 379 B of the IPC. Vinod Kumar is the other accused, and the police are looking out for him.
Kusum has been reportedly trained in Taekwondo martial arts, and the lessons came to use during the snatching incident. “Never let fear conquer your mind and don’t let your enemy know about it,” she advises young women who find themselves in similar situations.
An aspiring police officer, Kusum calls her smartphone ‘priceless,’ since the device has come in handy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Her classes at school have now moved online, and it is through her phone that she receives notes from her teachers and classmates.
“The smartphone didn’t come easy. My father toiled hard to purchase it after schools were shut and classes went online due to the pandemic; it’s priceless. Had the phone gone, how would I have studied? All my notes and chapters sent by my teachers are stored in it. Couldn’t have imagined studies without it. Couldn’t have afforded another phone either,” Kusum has told The Tribune.
(Edited by Athira Nair)