After getting a pat from President Pratibha Patil on Friday for her bravery, 22-year old Rukhsana termed the occasion as a 'red letter day' of her life.
"It was a red letter day for me and my family, as the President was here to boost my morale and praised the brave act. It was an honour to talk to her and get clicked," Rukhsana told reporters soon after her 15-minute interaction with the President.
"I am encouraged by her pat," Rukhsana said, adding that she narrated the entire incident to the President, about how she killed a Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant at her home.
"She (the President) listened with curiosity and patience and praised me for the brave act," Rukhsana said and added, "My message to her was that girls should be imparted arms training. There is an urgent need for self-defence in remote and mountainous belts."
The President promised her all possible help.