Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, September 2
Smartphone is Kusum’s most prized possession and she or he ensures it stays inside her attain, checking it each few seconds for brand new messages — “probably teachers sending online work or classmates enquiring about classes”.
It’s the identical cellphone for which the 15-year-old put up a spirited combat towards two bike-borne assailants who tried to grab it on a Jalandhar avenue two days in the past.
Showing exemplary braveness, Kusum caught maintain of one among them regardless of being attacked with a sharp-edged weapon on the arm. As she struggled with the biker for a couple of minutes, passersby joined in and thrashed the snatcher.
“The smartphone didn’t come easy. My father toiled hard to purchase it after schools were shut and classes went online due to the pandemic. It’s priceless,” says Kusum, daughter of a daily-wager, when requested why she risked her life for the cellphone.
“Had my phone gone, how would have I studied? All my notes and chapters sent by teachers are stored in it. Couldn’t have imagined studies without it. Can’t afford another phone either,” she says sitting on her hospital mattress. An aspiring police officer, Kusum has learnt Taekwondo for a number of months — and the teachings got here in helpful.
Giving a phrase of recommendation to women caught in an analogous state of affairs, she says: “Never let fear conquer your mind and don’t let your enemy know about it. Just fight off everything and you will eventually win.”