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80-yr-old woman fights chain snatcher

In a display of rare courage, 80-year-old Rama Vyas fought of a youthful chain snatcher and has become the toast of her locality.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2010 14:13 IST
HT Correspondent

In a display of rare courage, 80-year-old Rama Vyas fought of a youthful chain snatcher and has become the toast of her locality. She is going to be feted by the local Annapurna police station whose incharge, inspector Gaurishankar Chadar said he had not seen an aged lady like her fighting so spiritedly.

In an incident that took place on International Women's Day on Monday, two motorcycle borne miscreants tried to snatch her gold chain, but she did not flinch. She grabbed the wrist of one of them and bit it hard, forcing him to yank it away. She fell down and hurt herself as the youth tried to free himself, but she did not let go of his hand. During this time she also raised an alarm.

Luckily for her, a couple of youths of the neighbourhood were standing nearby and hearing the commotion they rushed and caught hold of one of the duo. The other miscreant, who was on a motorcycle, sped away. The youth was handed over to the Annapurana police station of the locality by one of the youth, Golu Bagga who overpowered him.

A little while later, she was back to her normal daily routine at her house in Sudama Nagar Sector D, middle-class colony in Indore.

What prompted her to fight back? “I have always been determined and independent throughout my life and when the miscreant attempted to snatch my chain, I decided to teach him a lesson. Since I had no weapon at hand, I bit him hard,” she said. Did she not fear that the miscreant might counter-attack? “No, that thought did not enter my mind,” she said nonchalantly.

Her grandson Gaurav Vyas, who stays with her along with his mother, wife and three-year-old daughter, said "my grandmother is the head of the family, and she takes her own decisions. Though she has studied till only Class 8 and has never worked outside her home, she has a steely determination in her which we see everyday."

Annapurna police station in charge Gaurishankar Chadar said he had never come across an incident where an 80-year-old woman has fought so spiritedly. “What struck me was that all her teeth are intact, which she put to good use. We are going to honour her and the youth Golu Bagga who caught the miscreant,” the Town Inspector said.