Not much is known about Purnia aside from the fact that she was a common customer at Greasy Sae's. When Gale accidentally presented a poached turkey to Romulus Thread, intending to sell it to Cray, he was sentenced to being publicly whipped. Purnia stepped forward when Katniss, Haymitch and Peeta arrived protecting Gale, though stiffly as she did not want to end up like Darius, who had been previously beaten for intervening. Purnia lied to Thread and convinced him to decrease Gale's number of lashes, saying that it was Gale's first offence. After Thread left, Purnia was one of the many Peacekeepers to help Darius, earning Katniss' thanks. After this, Purnia is not seen again and it is unknown if she was one of many to die in the destruction of District 12.