Rukhsana Kauser, age 18, managed to disarm several militants who invaded her family's home in Kashmir, and fought them off with the help of her brother, killing one with his own AK-47 and injuring the other two.
Ms Kauser said she grabbed one of the militants by the hair and banged his head against the wall. When he fell down she hit him with an axe, before snatching his rifle.
"I had never touched a rifle before this, let alone fired one. But I had seen heroes firing in films on TV and I tried the same way. Somehow I gathered courage - I fired and fought till dead tired."