These two gritty young women from the farming community have become role models for girls in Haryana.
Praise has been pouring in for Poonam Dhankar (19), a college student, and her niece, Suman Dhankar (20), a class XII student. The two of them took on two motorcycle-borne criminals who fired at their relatives outside their home in Karontha village in Rohtak district on Saturday morning. The girls battered one of the criminals to death with sticks and farm tools and then chased the other one, who got away.
Suman is upset over the second assailant’s escape.
“If we had managed to lay our hands on him, we would have thrashed him too. But no one came forward to help us and he got away,” she said.
The criminals had aimed to kill Suman’s uncle, Rajesh Singh, a witness in a murder case. Singh received bullet injuries and is battling for life at a hospital in Rohtak but his father Sube Singh was shot dead.
Poonam and Suman are not exactly basking in the glory they have achieved. On the contrary, they are angry with the police.
“The police have not been able to trace the second assailant. Neither have they caught the gang more than 36 hours after the crime,” Suman told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
Recounting their encounter, Poonam said she and Suman were woken up by loud screams and gunshots and rushed out of their house immediately with sticks and a shovel to join Sube Singh and Rajesh Singh who were grappling with one of the attackers.
“My aunt also came with us. We hit the assailants with full force. The second one fired at us but hit his accomplice in the leg,” Poonam said.
The two girls then chased the other attacker but he escaped. The family has now been given police protection.