“I AM IN TROUBLE. SENDING MY GPS LOCATION” screamed the message in Mr. Sharma’s cell phone. When a father receives such a message from his daughter, calling it as worst nightmare would be an understatement. Mr. Sharma felt fear punch him in his stomach. It then took form of fury.
No body harms my daughter! I will kill them! With these words running through his mind, he took his car and sped away following the GPS.
Fear and fury were waging a battle in his mind. Worst possible scenarios flashed before his eyes.
NO! NO! NO!
He screamed and tried to shake it off. He punched hard on the accelerator. His car zoomed wildly on the busy city road.
Soon he entered a secluded area. There were no street lights. It was surrounded with tall huge trees on both side of dirt road. There was an eerie silence.
Just then he saw a light coming towards him from far end of the road. As it neared he realized that they were headlights of a car. The car was coming with full speed.
Mr. Sharma spotted three girls in the car that sped past him. On instinct, he took a U turn and followed the car. The car slowed down and halted. The three girls got out and came running towards him. He recognized his daughter and her two friends.
Relief washed over Mr.Sharma as he noticed that apart from few minor bruises they were in good condition.
The three girls got into his car and screamed in unison, “GO! Let’s go!”
“But Durga tell me what happened?”
“I’ll explain later. We must get away from here as soon as possible!” begged Durga.
Once they reached home, Durga narrated her story:
“The regular cab driver was on leave today. The new driver didn’t seem right to me when I entered his cab. His cab reeked of cigarette and alcohol.
I was keeping a close watch on his every move, while pretending to be engrossed in my phone listening music.
He lit a cigarette, made some phone calls and took a wrong turn. I pretended not to notice but that’s when I sent the distress message to you, Laxmi & Saraswati.
His friend got into the cab. That’s when I knew I was in for some deep trouble. Though I was trembling with fear, I tried my best to hide my fear.
The driver stopped the car near the woods and opened the door near me. He snatched my dupatta. I took out my deodorant and sprayed at his eyes. Since the spray was highly inflammable, his face caught fire because of the cigarette in his mouth. While he was trying to put off the fire, I kicked him at his groin. He simply collapsed to the ground, squirming with agony.
I picked up the cigarette lighter which had fallen from his pocket and ran away. His friend chased me. He grabbed my arm. I turned and sprayed my deodorant into his eyes, while holding the lit lighter. It acted like a mini flamethrower. I escaped from his hold.
As I ran, I noticed two more men had joined the driver and his friend. I slipped on loose gravel and fell. I thought now there was no escape. But suddenly I saw a dupatta popping from behind them. They were being strangulated by the dupatta!”
“That was us!” interjected Laxmi. “We were walking towards bus stop when we got your message. Since there were no auto we ran towards your location as fast as we could. I am glad we reached in time. Since you were in trouble, we gathered all our available weapons and attacked!”
“Weapons?” Mr. Sharma was astounded.
“Dupatta, pins, pepper sprays, keys, pens, any pointed objects we found in our handbags” explained Saraswati.
“We poked, we kicked, we sprayed, we screamed, we fought!”
“Though we were no match for their muscle power, we managed to tackle them using our wit” smiled Durga.
“Yeah! Durga’s mini flamethrower had blinded the driver and his friend. The other two suffered from pepper spray” said Saraswati.
“While they were squirming with pain we got into the cab and drove fast. We then met you on the way, uncle” smiled Laxmi.
“I am so proud of you three! You are so brave! I am glad you blinded that driver and his friend! They won’t set their dirty eyes on any girl now” said teary eyed Mr. Sharma.