Woman kills leopard with sickle, shovel

Kamla Negi is currently undergoing treatment at the base hospital in Srinagar town on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

Written by Sanjay Singh | Dehradun | Published: August 26, 2014 1:27 am
Kamla Negi in hospital. Kamla Negi in hospital.

A 56-year-old woman survived a leopard attack at Semkoti village in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district on Sunday by killing the animal with a sickle and a shovel.

Kamla Negi is currently undergoing treatment at the base hospital in Srinagar town on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

Besides bruises caused by the animal’s bites and scratches, she has reportedly suffered fractures in both hands.

According to reports, Kamla was on way to fields on Sunday morning when she was attacked by the leopard,  which was hiding in a bush.

The woman fought against the animal with the help of her traditional weapons, a sickle and a shovel, which she was carrying at the time of incident. The fight continued for at least half-an-hour, after which she saw the leopard lying lifeless.

Despite being seriously injured, Kamla managed to walk to her village. The villagers brought her to Agastyamuni for treatment. Later she was shifted to the base hospital in Srinagar.
Forest Minister Dinesh Agarwal said Kamla’s story is exceptional.

“I will speak to Chief Minister Harish Rawat for giving her (a) reward. Tomorrow, I will discuss with my officers regarding possible help the department can extend to her,” Agarwal told the The Indian Express over phone.

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  1. H
    Aug 26, 2014 at 1:26 am
    Pay her hospital and rehab bills would be a good thing.
    1. G
      Giridharan Velamore
      Aug 26, 2014 at 4:30 am
      I'm from Tamil Nadu. There is a story in Tamil folklore that a lady, many centuries before in Tamil Nadu fought off and chased away a tiger with a plate, when it tried to attack her family. The story described how brave and purposeful the people even women of yesteryears were in our land. Now I'm surprised to read this story in Kashmir. I didn't believe that old story before, but I do believe it now. Women of India have always been brave. But I would like to explore another side of this story.We need to find out if in this case humans had encroached upon the wild animals land, because of which the leapord attacked the lady. If that was the case, the people have to be regulated not to encroach upon the wild animals area. On the other hand if the leopard had stra out of its territory, we need to build fence so that humans and wild animals are kept separate from each other.
      1. S
        Aug 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm
        She should be given a bravery award!
        1. R
          Aug 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm
          Know your country and read the news properly before commenting. This Srinagar is near Rudraprayag in Uttrakhand on N.H.58
          1. Puneet Sharma
            Aug 26, 2014 at 10:18 am
            Im sure a man, woman of any country would fight tooth and nail if attacked by a leopard. I mean, you cant negotiate, fighting is the only option.
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