Having been part of the television industry for the past one and half years, and acted in serials like Anamika
and Bade Acche Lagte Hai
n, Loveleen Kaur Sasan is now seen in Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai... Ajab Sa Risk Hai. However, none of her characters that she has portrayed earlier prepared her to take on the role that required her to show the inner Durga to those who tried to trouble her.
On Monday night as she was travelling in an auto with her flatmate and friend, the duo was attacked by thugs, "They tried to snatch my purse which had cash and credit cards inside and my mobile. I immediately got off the auto and gave them a chase and when I caught hold of the guy by the collar he started giving reasons like 'I thought it was my wife sitting in the auto' and so on... But later as I started snatching my things back the two culprits started hitting me and my friend. In retaliation we too fought back and in the process were injured," recalls Loveleen.
Loveleen is shocked by the reaction of the bystanders, "There was a crowd which gathered but no one came forward to help us. They just stood there with some of them laughing and commenting on it. There was one cop from the crime branch in civil clothes who came forward to help me and my friend and we took them to the police station. I called up actor Mohan Kapoor for help and since he was not in town he put it on social networking sites and that is how Ashoke Pandit reached the police station to help us."
That is when things moved on at a fast pace too says Loveleen, "The police told me they had booked those guys earlier too for other cases which included attacking the police. I was lucky that they were not carrying any blade or knife when this happened. The police took us seriously once Ashokeji reached there. He helped us file the report and even accompanied us to Cooper Hospital where we got treatment for our injuries."
Loveleen has been travelling alone and was never afraid to do so till now, "The sets of my show are in Naigon, which is on the outskirts of Mumbai and even though I try to travel with other members of the cast sometimes we have different shoot timings and I have to travel alone late in the night. I don't have a car of my own and I travel by autos only. I have been in Mumbai for the past one and half years and have travelled late night at 3 to 4 am but never has anything untoward incident happened with me. I used to feel that Mumbai is the safest city but after this encounter which happened at 9 pm my opinion has changed!"
However, it is still not the end of the story for Loveleen who has no option but to travel by autos late in the night, "I am back on the sets shooting for my show and am now being threatened by those accused. Not all of them were caught and now when they come to know more about me, who knows what will they do next?"
While Loveleen feels she should get police protection she is also worried about all the girls who are not safe and secure anywhere anymore, "This can happen to anyone in any city of India. Where is the safety? What will happen next to any other girl is not known. Girls as small as 3-4 years are not spared these days. I don't know where we are leading to!"
Time has come that girls need to help themselves instead of looking around and expecting help says Loveleen from her own experience, "I was shouting for help in the middle of the road, I was screaming 'chor, chor' but no one helped me. Ultimately, I had to run and chase the guy, catch him and take him to the police. So all girls need to take their protection in their own hands and not look around for help!"
She has some tips for the girls who travel alone, "Carry a Pepper Spray, even I have decided to carry one from now. Also I have decided to stop wearing short skirts or dresses and heels as they might hamper movement if you have to run. I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt when this happened and I could run easily without any trouble."
Just like Loveleen who has shown her brave spirit her parents too have been giving her strength and support says Loveleen, "Yes, they are my biggest support. When they came to know about this, my mom was the first to call me and told me to go ahead and talk about it. She said it is not a small thing and if today it has happened to you it can happen to any other girl tomorrow!"
Kudos to Loveleen and her spirit. Atta girl!
Seema Khot Mattoo