The police’s senior citizen’s helpline (Tel No 103) and presence of mind helped Faiziya Surve, 64, thwart a robbery attempt at her Bandra (West) home on Wednesday.
Mohammad Shaukat, 19, and Mohammad Naushad, 20, whom Surve had hired a few times earlier for domestic chores, assaulted her and demanded that she hand over all her money.
Surve stays alone at Zaveri House on Manuel Gomes Road. Her husband passed away a few years ago. Her son and daughter are married and live separately.
The police said Shaukat and Naushad, residents of the Garib Nagar slums, had been hired by Surve to clean her house during the Diwali week.
They had asked her for work a few times after that too, but she had turned them away. The police said on Wednesday they approached her again, with one of them claiming he had forgotten his gold bracelet in her bathroom.
As he went there, the second man slipped into the house and hid himself.
“When the bracelet was not found, I asked him to leave and shut the door. I am an asthma patient and I lay down with an oxygen pipe attached to my mouth. When I got up, the second man lunged at me and demanded money,” said Surve.
Surve said she would give him all she had if he went out of the house and waited there. As he did so, Surve slammed the door shut and called the helpline.
Sensing trouble, the duo fled.
“We have registered a case of attempted robbery against them and are looking for them. Surve is registered with our police station,” said police sub-inspector S Bhoite, of the Bandra police.