الإثنين , مايو 24 2021

India women beat up attackers

TV grab of the incidentThe incident was captured by a passenger on a mobile phone

Two sisters have beaten up three men, who were allegedly sexually harassing them on a moving bus in the north Indian state of Haryana.

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

Friday’s incident, recorded by a passenger on a mobile phone, went viral on social media over the weekend.

The fatal attack on a student in a bus in the capital Delhi in December 2012 had caused outrage and prompted India to introduce stringent anti-rape laws.

The latest incident happened in Haryana’s Rohtak district, when the two students, aged 22 and 19, were on their way home in a passenger bus when three young men allegedly misbehaved with them.

One of the women told the Press Trust of India news agency that the men “threatened us and abused us”.

“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 caught hold of me,” she said.

The women said they decided to take on the attackers 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-defence [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 sisters said the men pushed them out of the bus when it came to a halt after some distance and attacked them again.

They said they retaliated by throwing a brick at the men, after which they fled.

The police said they had received a call from the women on Friday afternoon, and the three men were arrested later in the evening.

Senior police official S Anand told The Hindu newspaper that they were contemplating action against the bus driver and his helper.

“The driver was supposed to take the bus to the nearest police station. But he did not do so. The conductor also did not intervene. We are considering legal action against them,” he said.

Correspondents say public abuse of women – called “eve teasing” – is rampant in parts of India.

“Eve teasing” makes life miserable and even dangerous for women when they go out in public and use public transport.

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