She wants her daughter to be a police officer and seems to believe in leading by example. A mother of two, 38-year-old Suman fought a chain-snatcher with bare hands and nabbed the dreaded criminal — ignoring the gun barrel staring at her.
A resident of Mayur Vihar Phase-3, Suman, who uses only one name, and her two sisters-in-law left home on Tuesday afternoon to meet an ailing neighbour hospitalised in Noida.
They were walking near the Smriti Van park when two men on a motorbike rode towards them. "The pillion rider, Sanjay, snatched two gold chains which Suman was wearing. Reacting swiftly, she caught him by the scruff of the neck and pulled him off the bike," said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
After the men fell off the bike, Suman overpowered Sanjay and kicked him in the groin. He pointed a pistol at her. When that didn't dissuade her, he took a shot at her with the US-made automatic but it jammed. Suman's sisters-in-law joined her and thrashed the man wanted in several cases of snatching and armed robbery, the officer said.
"The only thing on my mind was that I would not let him escape," Suman, whose husband has a dairy farm, told HT. "They fired at us and pointed the gun at my head but it didn't scare me." Had she let him go, he would have targeted other women, she said.
Suman wants her daughter, who is 19 and a student of aerospace engineering, to be an IPS officer. Her son is eight.
Sanjay, alias Dolly, was arrested and sent to Tihar. His accomplice, who is yet to be identified, escaped with the gold chains, leaving behind the motorcycle. The police plan to give Suman a cash award for bravery.