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Olympic Athlete Saves Two Girls Being Harassed On The Street

Olympian discus thrower Krishna Poonia is being hailed as the savior of two teenage girls in India after she protected them from being harassed by a group of men.

On New Year’s Day, Poonia, who threw discus for India in the Beijing and London Olympics, and won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, saw a group of men on motorbikes behaving inappropriately towards the girls during a visit to her husband’s hometown.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11:  Gold medalist Krishna Poonia of India celebrates on the podium with her medal for the women's discus at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in New Delhi, India.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA – OCTOBER 11: Gold medalist Krishna Poonia of India celebrates on the podium with her medal for the women’s discus at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The Olympian not only chased the men away in her car, but also reported them to the police station, according to a report from the Hindustan Times.

Poonia chased the motorbikes for “around 50 meters,” according to the Hindustan Times report, and even grabbed one of the men, yanking him off his seat.

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“When I saw those two girls being harassed, I thought that they could well have been my daughters. That made me go after the men,” Poonia told the Hindustan times.

Though the two girls, who turned out to be sisters, were unharmed, Poonia was unhappy with the police response to the situation.

“The police station was barely two minutes away from the spot but it took the cops some time to reach and I had to phone them twice,” Poonia said in her interview with the Hindustan Times. “How will cops ensure women’s safety if they arrive late?”

India has long come under fire for its lackluster response to combatting violence against women. Indeed, the “mass molestation” that occurred in Bangalore on New Year’s Eve is unfortunate proof of the pervasiveness of sexual assault in India.

“The problem with our society is that there are not many people who would raise their voice and protest when they see a girl being harassed. Instead, they choose to stay mute spectators,” Poonia said.

Meanwhile, her selfless act has garnered major praise on Twitter and she has proven herself to be a laudable example for standing up for women.