Date
26 September 2017
More and more women are standing up against sexual harassment in India. Photo: AFP
More and more women are standing up against sexual harassment in India. Photo: AFP

Sisters beat up 3 men harassing them on Indian bus

Two sisters beat up three men, who were allegedly sexually harassing them aboard a bus in the north Indian state of Haryana, BBC News reported.

The men have been arrested and charged with assault, the report said, citing the police.

Friday’s incident, recorded by a passenger on a mobile phone, has gone viral on the internet.

More and more women are standing up against sexual harassment since the fatal assault on a student aboard a bus in Delhi in December 2012 sparked international outrage and prompted India to introduce tougher anti-rape laws.

In the latest incident, which happened in Haryana’s Rohtak district, the two students, aged 22 and 19, were on their way home on a passenger bus when three young men “threatened us and abused us”, one of the women told the Press Trust of India news agency.

“One of them touched my sister inappropriately… After a heated exchange, one of the boys called his friends asking him to beat us up. One of them beat my sister while two others got hold of me,” she said.

The women said they decided to fight back when other passengers did not come to their help.

“No one came forward in the bus to help us. So we took out our belts in self-defense [and hit the men]. If only the other passengers had helped us, we would not have needed to retaliate in this way,” one of the women told BBC Hindi.

The men pushed the sisters out of the bus, chased them and tried to attack them again. But one of the sisters threw a brick at them, prompting them to flee.

Police said they were also planning to file charges against the bus driver and conductor for not helping the women.

Here’s a video of the incident on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11hJfLKwSuQ

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