A Karateka is one who practices Karate, by the way.
I was with her, when we were returning from the market-place that day.
That man had sent some four other masked men to attack her with acid!
Thankfully, I'd been alertly noticing that they were following us back home.
They were on some mean machines.
But sometimes, physical skill and knowledge beats even some crazy people on machines.
One of them was carrying a bottle of acid.
I was quick to notice their intention and timing of attack.
That was it.
One strike from my side was enough for that assailant to lose all sense.
I had hit him on his hand, thus breaking the bottle.
And, acid spilled on the road.
I tackled him further by rendering him unconscious!
Reena Di panicked and ran towards her house.
Two of the other assailants tried to follow her, while the fourth one cowardly fled!
One of the passers-by was walking his pet, in our neighborhood and was carrying a stick too.
He saw them chasing her, and was quick to knock one of them, by hurling his stick, at him.
He also commanded his dog, Roger, to chase the other one on wheels.
Being a Labrador, that dog was quick to catch up with his speed, and chewed at his tyre, thus unbalancing him.
Thus, all of them retired hurt.
Reena Di's father visited us that evening, to inform my parents of the entire episode, praising me for my bravery and guts, even when I was a girl.
That was my moment of Victory.
Being a girl, I had put to test, my physical strength.
That was my answer, to my elder brother's comment in the past.
After all, self-reliance, self-confidence, and self-defense aren't solely masculine domains!
Now, eighteen years down the line, I feel proud to acknowledge the fact that I am now, a Black Belt Karateka.
Above all, I am now posted as a Senior Inspector in Delhi Police.
Now, my parents wholeheartedly agree.
They say, I proved myself to be a good daughter AND a Karate champion.
More than being a Karate champion, I feel proud to have pledged my service, to my nation.
Had it not been for my instinct and my heart, which guided me by saying - #UseYourAnd.
Senior Inspector Pragya Chauhan refused to choose one thing OR the other, and instead followed her heart! :)