Exemplary bravery and presence of mind shown by a woman in the face of adversity helped her rescue her 8-year-old daughter from the clutches of a man who was trying to abduct her.
It was just another day for Shalini Tomar, who was waiting for her daughter's school bus, at a stand near her Sector 8 house. She was on a non-geared scooter along with her son, who is younger to her daughter.
When the girl got down at the bus stop, she told her mother to give her school mate — who lives in the same colony — a ride home instead of her since the girl was injured.
Tomar agreed and asked her daughter to follow her on foot. Soon, an Innova car passed by her and swerved to the side on which her daughter was walking. She looked back and was startled to see that a man had pulled her girl inside the car and was fleeing away.
Without wasting a second and allowing panic to take her over, she took a U-turn and raced on to follow the car. After a five good minutes of chase, Tomar — riding along the car — was able to open the driver's side door of the car and grabbed the man by his collar.
She pulled him by such force that part of the shirt was torn and she fell down, suffering several injuries. As soon as she fell, she cried for help and some people gathered to stop the car.
Sensing that he could be caught, the driver of the car threw the girl out and fled the scene.
"I cannot believe my both children are safe. The car had the registration number HR 38 M5371. But it is sad that despite several calls, the police failed to respond quickly," said Tomar.
"I am aware of the incident and the case is being investigated," said SS Kapoor, Commissioner of Police, Faridabad.
He denied that the police responded late, saying telephone lines were being shifted at the control room and it might have caused a “little delay” in responding to the situation.