Days after the ghastly killing of a two-year-old girl fuelled tension in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district, a 24-year-old Hindu Woman saved a Muslim family from getting attacked by an angry mob on Sunday.
As per the reports, the incident occurred in the Jattari area, when the family from Balabgarh, Haryana was traveling in a van to attend a function. They were accompanied by a woman named Puja Chauhan who was a close family friend.
One of the Muslim family members, Shafi Mohammad Abbasi said that the goons on a motorcycle attacked the van with iron rods.
An appalled Abbasi told the reporters that “They would have killed us had not Puja Chauhan, who is like my daughter, stepped out of the van and came between us and the attackers.”
As per the complaint filed at the Civil Lines police station, the mob identified the travelers as some of the women were wearing veils.
The attackers who were wearing saffron scarfs were boldly confronted by the Hindu women, according to one of the travelers.
“Why are you venting your anger on innocent persons?” Abbasi quoted Puja as saying. “She said that we are all equally shocked by the killing of the two-and-half-year-old girl.”
On hearing the woman’s plea, Abbasi said that one member from the mob seemed to have softened his stand. “He quietly handed us our car keys and whispered: ‘run off immediately’.”
However, the family managed to reach Aligarh and the driver’s hands got severely injured.
Congress leader and former Aligarh legislator Haji Zamirullah Khan, who accompanied the family to the police station, told reporters: “I think Puja is a role model as a citizen of our country. At a time when humane behavior is getting rare, she stood out courageously for humanity.”
The people are angered over the brutal killing of a toddler in UP’s Aligarh whose eyes were gouged and killed as her family was unable to pay a loan of Rs 5,000.