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Kerala ‘brave heart’ girl faces charge

Harraser beaten up by girl petitions against her after being hospitalised

  • By Akhel Mathew, Correspondent
  • Published: 13:50 February 19, 2013
  • Gulf News

Thiruvananthapuram: A college girl here who became the toast of many across Kerala last week after she fought a group of men who were harassing her and her friend, has suddenly found herself in a spot, after police registered a case against her.

The girl, Amritha, had been returning to the capital city with her friend Ramona from a women’s empowerment programme when a group of men in a car began harassing them. The girls were on a bike, and their family members were following in two cars. When the families stopped to buy some food, the men reportedly harassed the women, prompting Amritha, who has training in the local martial art, kalari, to deal with the men physically.

Amritha was winning applause across the world through the media when the story was turned on its head today, with a case registered against her. Police registered the case following a directive by the Vanchiyoor judicial first class magistrate court here, after  Anup, one of those who allegedly was beaten up by her, petitioned against her. Anup had been hospitalised after the incident.

Amritha is a final year undergraduate student at the All Saints’ College here, pursuing a BA in Communicative English. She is also a former chairperson of the college. Besides Amritha, cases have also been filed against her father Mohan Kumar, two friends, and her friend’s father, William.

Anup, a driver with a state government department, has petitioned that he suffered serious injuries on his nose in the incident. He filed the petition after getting bail in the case filed against him by Amritha.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 03:09 February 20, 2013

    Contrary mentioned in most of the media, it was not an incident of eve-teasing but an argument on parking vehicles. the girl who is an expert in martial arts did nothing to avoid it going worse, instead challenged the guys and was the first to perform physical attack. She was looking for an opportunity to use her martial arts skills, it seems! The girl is irrationally and wrongly glorified as symbol of woman empowerment by third rate media. if this has been an act by a man, it would not be taken in that sense and law would take it's course. also it is reported that the girl brutally applied her skills on an untrained guy and seriously hurt him (not sure of authenticity, though). What is wrong if this is considered as an act of violence by a human being on another human being? let law take it's course.

    abhijith, bangalore, India

  2. Added 20:51 February 19, 2013

    SHAME ON YOU ANUP, first teased the girl, then samelessly lodge complaint that you were beaten up by the girl. I am proud of the girl for standing up for herself, you shameless fellow, how you can do such a shameful thing to tease and harrase girls? Good the girls should be skilled to handle this kind of street rowdies

    SYED J.HUQ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:27 February 19, 2013

    just because a girl was able to defend herself from street rowdies (that's the exact name for them) she is fined. hidious, our country should be proud of such ladies. what if it was the other way round? if those idiots had raped her? the govt would drag the case just like the case in Delhi. Being an Indian i am very proud of ladies like this its high time men come to their senses and stop torturing ladies this way.

    creswel, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:50 February 19, 2013

    It is obvious that if his nose is fractured he was very aggressive in harrassing the ladies. Mr. Anup had to be dealt with with force to stop him from harassing any further. He would not have stopped harassing the ladies if they requested him with folded hands or a slight push. He should be asked to convince other prospective trouble makers to respect ladies and be a good humanbeing.

    vittal, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:50 February 19, 2013

    The guy is such a shameless creature, he tried harassing the girl & when he got beaten up he lodged a complaint and the police officials seem to be out of their minds accepting his complaint. If Amritha instead of fighting back would have been another victim of men's torture then what would the cops have done? When she fought back to defend herself that becomes an issue. Long way to go Indian police!

    VJ, abu dhabi, India

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