It looked like a scene from the all-time hit film Sholay where Veeru climbs atop water tank for the love of his life, Basanti. Albeit in this case it was a minor girl who dared her parents from top of a mobile phone tower.
Drama unfolded in village Tibba near Malerkotla here around 7am when a 17-year-old girl climbed a mobile tower to press her demand of marrying the boy of her choice.
The police managed to bring the girl down after four hours.
The family members and villagers requested her to come down but she refused and threatened to jump and commit suicide.
The local police officials reached the spot but failed to convince the girl.
A team of doctors, Powercom employees, fire brigade and officials from district administration, including Dhuri tehsildar, also reached the spot.
People from nearby villages converged and were seen clicking pictures and making videos with their mobile phones.
Communicating with the police officials, the girl alleged that her family has forced her to take a step, as they did not want her to marry the boy of her choice.
The girl said her parents had even restricted her from going to school after they discovered her affair with one of the village boys a few months back.
Villagers said that the girl's parents had an altercation with the boy earlier in the morning after which she climbed the tower.
With assurance to meet her demand, the police sent the girl's cousin up to convince her to come back.
SHO Sherpur police station, Gurcharan Singh Dhaula said that after detailed questioning, they sent the girl with her grandparents as she refused to go to her parents.
But many villagers are miffed by the girl's action. One of them, Kartar Singh Tibba, said the girl has set a wrong precedent for other children.