03, Jan 2023 | CJP Team
On Sunday, a muslim man named Tipu Sultan saved the life of a young Hindu girl named Monali Kaushal in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. Kaushal had reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into the Shipra River.
According to local news reports, Tipu Sultan, who was among the people who witnessed the incident, asked passing trucks for a rope, and one trucker, Vinod Solanki, provided the necessary equipment. Tipu used the rope to lower himself into the river and reached Monali, who was still alive. He provided first aid and she was rushed to the hospital, where she is said to be stable. The reasons for Monali’s attempted suicide are currently unknown.
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Tipu’s quick thinking and bravery likely saved Monali’s life, and his action is rightly being celebrated as an example of the best of humanity. In times of religious polarisation, the incident has highlighted the ability for people of different faiths to come together in times of crisis. It should also spark off a conversation about the importance of mental health and the need for individuals to reach out for help when needed.