New Delhi, Dec 1: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will honour the two sisters, who single-handedly took on three alleged molesters in a Haryana Roadways bus, on Republic Day for their bravery.
In mobile phone video that is now viral, the girls are seen thrashing the offenders, even using a belt, while other commuters were just mute spectators.
According to reports, the police have registered a case against three youths in this connection, and three accused identified as Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak were later arrested. A case under section 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage woman’s modesty) and section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC was registered against them.
A local court has sent the three youths to judicial custody till December 06.
Meanwhile, the driver and conductor of the bus have also been suspended.
The Haryana CM said in a statement have announced that the state government will honour the two girls on the Republic Day and added that effective steps will be taken to ensure security of women passengers.
The state government has reportedly asked state Director General of Police (DGP) and state transport department to take steps for ensuring safety and security of passengers especially women travelling in the Haryana roadways buses.
The bus drivers and conductors have also been directed to make sure that such incidents do not occur in future, the report said.
It may be noted that both the girls had shown indomitable courage by opposing the misdemeanour of three youth who tried to “molest” them in a moving bus of Haryana Roadways at Rohtak.
Arati, 22, and Pooja, 19, have reportedly said the men started harassing them even before they boarded the crowded bus after college.
The men threw chits of paper, reportedly with their mobile phone numbers, at the girls, and passed comments. They reportedly got bolder as they saw no one else reacting, not even the driver and conductor of the bus.
Pooja said: “On the bus, they made obscene gestures, touched us and abused us. We could not take it anymore and started beating them. One of the men grabbed my sister’s hand and the other held me by the neck. That’s when my sister took out her belt and started hitting them.”
However, Arati added, “Others in the bus told us ‘don’t do anything… they will rape you or pour acid on you. They will kill you’…We were scared but we did not give up.”
No one reportedly stepped in to help the girls, while a pregnant woman tried to intervene, but when the men turned on her, the sisters hit out again.
(With Agency Inputs)