The scream of a woman in distress compelled a brave railway protection officer to jump from a moving train and to the rescue. What he found was truly shocking, but thankfully he was up to the task.
And that heroism and commitment to duty had the internet proclaiming him a hero.
Officer K. Shivaji was patrolling a train one quiet night in Southern India.
On the night of April 23, Indian Railway Protection Officer K Shivaji was patrolling a train headed for Park Station in Chennai, Southern India. By all appearances it seemed like a quiet night.
As the 26-year-old continued his patrol the train stopped at numerous stations. At each one he would get off and reboard a different car as there was no way to transfer between them.
At 11:30 p.m., Shivaji changed cars and spotted a 25-year-old woman reading a newspaper. She was sitting by herself and the rest of the compartment was empty.
Concerned that the woman was traveling alone, Shivaji asked her to move.
Shivaji became concerned for the woman’s safety.
“I asked her to shift to the ladies’ compartment in the front, but she insisted to stay back,” Shivaji told the New Indian Express.
She could not be persuaded, and Shivaji changed cars again and continued his patrol.
However, it was not to be their last meeting as his quiet patrol was soon interrupted by a bone-chilling scream just as the train was leaving the station; the woman from earlier was in serious trouble.
Unfortunately, at the time the train was running at full-speed towards Park Town Station; Shivaji wanted to help, but he had no way to get back into the previous carriage until the train stopped.
Time was of the essence—Shivaji had to get to her fast.
He knew time was of the essence. At around 11:45 p.m., as the train slowed into the next station, Shivaji made his move.
“As the train was slowing down at Park Station, I jumped off and rushed to the compartment,” Shivaji told the New Indian Express.
There he found a sickening sight: a 26-year-old man was attempting to force himself on the partially unconscious young woman Shivaji had met earlier.
The woman looked as if she tried to struggle and fight her attacker; her clothes were torn and mouth was bloody. However, she was no match for her drunken assailant, as was made clear.
Shivaji pulled the drunk man off the woman and saved her from being sexually assaulted.
Chennai RPF constable K Shivaji jumped out of the moving train to move into the women's coach where a Man was trying to rape a woman passenger and He pushed him away & rescued the woman. Grand Salute to a Real Hero K Shivaji.
We need many more of them.
Lets Make Him Famous pic.twitter.com/kPUnCxIYjg
— ☬ SINGH ਸਿੰਘ ☬ 🇮🇳 (@HatindersinghR) April 26, 2018
Luckily for her, Shivaji arrived just in time; he pulled the man off her and took the attacker into custody. He called two other police officers who were also patrolling the train with him, and they met him at the next station.
The woman was transferred to a hospital where doctors attended to her.
The assailant was arrested and charged with attempted rape, according to the Times of India. It was later learned that he had been getting off and on different cars, looking for a potential victim.
For his heroism, Shivaji was awarded a modest 5000 rupees (about $75), and the woman, according to police statements, said Shivaji had saved her life.
When the internet heard the story, they proclaimed him as a hero.
Chennai RPF constable K Shivaji jumped out of the moving train to move into the women's coach where a Man was trying to rape a woman passenger and He pushed him away & rescued the woman. Grand Salute to a Real Hero K Shivaji. pic.twitter.com/XTCtvNNZRv
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) April 25, 2018
But along with the gratitude and the reward, Shivaji has been hailed as a hero by social media, as well.
And in a country where assaults are too often in the headlines, Shivaji’s story was a shining example to everyone who read it.
“Grand salute to a real hero, K Shivaji,” wrote one Twitter user. “We need many more like him.”
“Now these stories reinstate some hope … bravo!” wrote another.