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  • Sucha Soorma Legend - Explained

    If you grew up in Punjab or are somewhat aware of the Punjabi folk culture, you must have heard of Sucha Singh. He is typically known as Sucha Soorma (braveheart). He appears in my folk songs and tales of bravery. It is hard to establish a definitive timeline of his life but it seems that he lived from the late 90's of the 18th century to 1911 when he was hanged for dacoity. He was from the village Suhaan.

    He is known to have killed his cheating sister-in-law, Balbiro, and his best friend Khukkar. It is said that Khukkar and Such were good friends but Khukkar only cultivated the friendship because he had his eye on on Balbiro. Balbiro was Sucha's sister-in-law who was married to Sucha's brother Naraina. In old times, men used to exchange turbans as a symbol of their friendship. Khukkar talked Sucha into it and further proposed the idea of joing the army. Khukkar wanted to get Sucha out of the way of him and Balbiro because if Sucha was to join the army he will no longer stay at the village. Sucha was an honourable man and he followed his friend. At the last moment Khukkar backed off and Sucha went to join the army alone.

    Naraina was a timid and weak man. Khukkar wasn't worried about him. When Khukkar and Balbiro started to get together and bring bad name to the family's respect, Naraina wrote a letter to his brother explaining the situation. Sucha came back from the army to protect his brother and his honor.

    Khukkar had organized a wrestling match and had his various allies from the village there. When Balbiro was passing by and Khukkar called her his mistress, Sucha challenged Khukkar. Such shot and killed Khukkar in the broad day light. Sucha, later that day, killed Balbiro who had come back home.

    Sucha went underground after that. Tales of his bravery surfaced time and again. It is believed that he defended Hindus, murdered Raaj Kaur and Gajjan crook. He eventually joined a gang of dacoits and was hanged in 1911 for dacoiting.
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