An 18-year-old girl with a black belt in martial arts chased down and nabbed a burglar in east Delhi on Tuesday, holding on to him even when he injured her with a blade.
Priyanka, who has since become the hero of the neighbourhood, said she was visiting her grandmother in Pandav Nagar and sitting outside her house when she heard a neighbour shout that robbers had struck the opposite building.
“The woman said her husband had walked in on four robbers in their flat, and that the locks of other homes on three floors had also been broken. When the robbers tried to escape, one of them jumped over to our building. I saw him and must have chased him for at least 100-150 meters,” said the teenager, who is fresh out of school.
She grabbed the man by his neck after catching up with him and didn’t let go even when he slashed her left hand with a blade. She handed him over to some locals, who took him to the police. His accomplices, however, managed to flee.
“I remembered the three floors he had burgled and told myself I would not let him escape at any cost,” she said. “He seemed drunk. When I asked him for his name, he gave me two.”
Priyanka lives with her mother in northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura while her father, an engineer, works in Guwahati.
The ‘karate kid’ — who passed out of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Yamuna Vihar — dreams of joining the armed forces or police. It was with this intention that she joined a self-defence course taught by the Delhi Police when she was in Class 9. Five years later, she earned a black belt and is now preparing for the Central Reserve Police Force entrance exams.
“My parents always encouraged me to join the force. The exam is on the 26th of this month, and I am putting in all the hard work. I hope to be there,” she said.