If this woman isn’t a real heroine, I don’t know who is.
Twenty-year-old Pradnya Mandhare was nearly sexually assaulted in a Mumbai, India train station one afternoon, according to APlus.com. At around 2:30 pm, a man, visibly intoxicated, walked up to her and grabbed her. As she fought him off, onlookers merely stood by and watched it happen.
“He was trying to hit me, but I could overpower him because he was stinking of alcohol and I could make out that he was drunk,” Mandhare recalled in an interview after the incident.
She managed to get a grip on the man’s hair and dragged him to the nearest police station.
The man, reported only to be a 25-year-old with a history of drug addiction, was arrested.
Incidents of rape have become all too common in India lately, especially in the city of New Delhi. A disturbing statistic from The Washington Post notes that, on average, 92 Indian women are raped per day. The police force isn’t adequately staffed, and women are often blamed for attacks in their culture.
“Filing a complaint is a lengthy process. It involves giving a lot of statements and, sometimes, dealing with uncooperative officers. But, I was firm on taking that man to the police,” Mandhare explained.
“Parents of girls also think that going to a police station would tarnish their daughter’s reputation,” she added.
Real change needs to happen on this issue, and soon.
Pradnya Mandhare, you’re an inspiration to us all.