Kerala girl stands up to sexual abuse

20 year old beats up men involved in harassment

12 Gulf News

Thiruvananthapuram: Within a fortnight of an undergraduate student at the Women’s College here walking out of a programme and booing the speaker who kept up an anti-women tirade, a 20-year-old girl has physically taken on a group of sexual harrasers in the state capital.

Local media highlighted the spirited fight of Amritha Mohan who had to endure harassment by a group of men while travelling in a state government vehicle. Ironically, the girl, a final year BA Communication student at a college here, was returning after attending a programme related to the One Billion Rising event when the incident happened late in the evening on Thursday. Mohan had led the women’s motorcycle rally at the programme, riding a bike herself.

She was returning after the programme with her friend Ramona riding pillion when the group reportedly made offensive comments against them from their vehicle. Mohan and Ramona’s parents were following in two other vehicles. When the girls stopped on the way and their family members went to get some food, the men appeared again and started their verbal harassment. When Mohan’s father, who intervened, was attacked by the men, she got into the act and beat up two of them.

Unlike in the Women’s College incident where the girl got no support from her colleagues, bystanders on the street came to Mohan’s rescue and helped nab Manoj (30), the driver of the vehicle. Police took the man into custody and are on the lookout for the others.

Mohan, who has been trained in the local martial art form, Kalari, is a regular bike rider and has also acted in a movie in which she plays the a hockey team member who takes on a team of harrasers during a train journey.


  • Farhan

    Feb 17, 2013 3:55

    Well I would like to say WELL DONE Amritha. Simultaneously I am really surprised with Rajan's comments. If any thhing like this is happeneing, you will say to those guys wait I will call the police and do nothing? What is this comment dear?

  • Mantor

    Feb 17, 2013 3:42

    First of all Hats Off to the Girl for being so bold and using her skillsfor the apt use. I also congratulate the parents for their upbringing insuch a girl child who is not only contributing to the social cause butalso is instrumental in teaching lessons to the deserved. Rajan.M, Iwould urge you to face verbal harrassment once and then revisit hiscomment. Words are sharper than weapons....

  • Laxmi Nair

    Feb 17, 2013 3:35

    To the person who has remarked that she did it wrong, I would like tosay that she has done whatever least possible to prevent herself frombeing further humiliated or even physically assaulted. Rules apply onlywhere they are enforced. Empowering her to react in time of need is thebest thing her parents could have done for her. I, as an Indian woman,am proud of her and wish every woman would be like her. Besides, evenour legal system acquits crimes done in self defense.

  • MANA

    Feb 17, 2013 3:13

    Self defense is very useful (kid to adult ) to protect their selvesduring unexpected abuse in different situation. Insane people isanywhere and doesn't care to anyone. Self defense is better than beinghit and helpless. This lady is 1 of the example in encouraging others tohave self defense. Good example.

  • Alam

    Feb 17, 2013 2:33

    But Kalari or Karate is not a solution, India needs law and itsenforcement. There should be strict penalties and unbailable jail termfor harassers.

  • Sanu Lama

    Feb 17, 2013 1:48

    Congrats first! This is where martial arts come into use. I wouldrecommend self defense martials arts to all ladies. Whether it beTaekwondo, Kungfu, Kick-boxing, Judo....

  • Rajan Mancharambath

    Feb 17, 2013 1:26

    What she did also wrong. She has no right to beat someone. if someoneharass her she has to report authorities not take law and order on herhands. both the offenders should be charged.Eve teasing and beatingsome one in public are same mistakes which is against the law of the land.

  • Praveen Raj

    Feb 17, 2013 10:52

    I would like to express my sincere appologies to Amritha Mohan as i bowdown my head being a male...such acts shows that there are still maydark and evil hearted bulls roaming arround in our society. All praiseto the parents to Amritha for allowing her to pursue Karate and KalariPayattu which helped her in this dire sitaution and by which she wasable to react on the teasers.she should be awarded for her courage. GodBless.


    Feb 17, 2013 10:46

    Good, well done, Ms Mohan, all girls should take lesson from her act to beat up the eve teasers. This is okay when it is day light and the public will also come to rescue and support, But when it happens in late hours or in the night, there is no support and rescue or so security, FEMLAES TAKE CARE AND GUARD YOURSELF and be prepared to beat them instead

  • Laxmi Nair

    Feb 17, 2013 10:37

    Congrats on a job well done, Amritha! They deserve to be beat up. I amglad that finally Indian women are starting to stand up and fightagainst the abuse against them- verbal or otherwise. I wish and hope theday would come when anyone would think 100 times before they raise theirvoice or force against a woman for whatever reasons. Women empowermenthas to begin at home and parents should inculcate the feeling ofself-appreciation and self esteem in women so that they can fightagainst any abosive acts against themselves or against other living beings.

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Well I would like to say WELL DONE Amritha. Simultaneously I am really surprised with Rajan's comments. If any thhing like this is happeneing, you will say to those guys wait I will call the police and do nothing? What is this comment dear?


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