My encounter with a thief
A very unpleasant incident happened today. A thief entered my aunt’s house in Chhetrapati, Kathmandu (the place where I stay) at around 7:00 PM, when everybody was wide awake, busy with their chores. My aunt was in the kitchen, meditating, and offering her prayers to her god. I was in my aunt’s room taking a break from my studies and watching television to freshen up for another session of studies, and my aunt’s mother-in-law was in her room, just opposite the main entrance and chopping vegetables. We were the ladies in the house. The males of the house had not returned from work. My aunt, while offering her prayers saw that an unknown guy was carrying my laptop, and was very calm in his behavior. She thought he must be a friend of mine and I must have lent him my laptop. She, for a moment, disregarded him. But she immediately came to her room and asked me if I have lent my laptop to anybody. I was like WHAT! I will never do that. She got hysterical and asked me to run behind the thief. I don’t know where I got the energy and the courage. I reached the ground floor in glimpse of a second, jumping 8 steps at a time, followed the thief (a very young guy, probably younger than me), nabbed him, and took back my laptop. I tried to get hold of me, but he ran in a building opposite the road. I followed him there, grabbed him again, hit him and dragged him to the road again. My aunt had gathered all our neighbors, he got petrified, pushed me, and ran away, everybody ran behind him, but nobody could get hold of him. I got back my laptop, but he took away my mobile phone, a gift from my father. I had completely forgotten about my mobile phone, or else I would have got that back as well. I realized its loss only after I came back to my room, full of fear. I have lost everybody’s contact number, and I don’t know when I will get back my number. It was a dual-sim phone, with more than 500 contact numbers in both the sims, and with its loss, I feel like I have lost touch with the world.
However, more than the loss of my mobile phone, I am scared, I can’t believe it actually happened. The country is getting so unsafe. The absence of a rule of law has resulted in this situation—people can get away with anything and everything. Even if I lodge a complaint, I know that the thief will never get caught, it will just increase my burden of going to the police station for nth time, and get nothing done. Look at his guts—he entered the house, came to the second floor, got into my room in the presence of 3 of us, and took away my belongings. He was walking like he owns everything. If my aunt had not asked me, I had lost my world—I say that because I got this laptop after a lot of persuasion. I waited for 4 years to get one. I have everything in this little box. Now, when I am rattling on its keys, I cant believe that it is the same laptop which was nearly gone…My aunt fears that if I was in the room, he could have hurt me. She is happy that I wasn’t there but I feel that if I was there, I would not let him do this. I can’t sleep, I will now have to worry about getting a new set, and getting back everybody’s contact number. More than that, I will always live with the fear that this might happen again…Give me some words of encouragement guys.I need it to reassure myself.