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NEW DELHI: The Haryana government will honour two college-going sisters who showed rare courage in beating up their molesters in a bus on Friday at the next year’s Republic Day on January 26.
Praising the two bravehearts, Haryana chief minister Maonhar Lal Khattar said they will be honoured with cash awards on January 26.
The two sisters, , Aarti and Pooja of Thana village in Sonepat district of Haryana, were going back to their village in the bus after collecting their roll number from IC Government College for Women in Rohtak when three youths tried to molest them.
The two bravehearts hit back by thrashing the molesters, with one of them using her belt to beat them.
The drama continued for about 15 minutes, but no passenger came to the rescue of the girls.
Even the bus driver, who as a public servant is supposed to help any one trouble on the bus, didn’t bother to stop the bus or report the matter to police. The molesters managed to escape when the bus slowed down. The incident, which happened on Friday, went viral as someone on the bus recorded it on his cellphone.
One of the sisters was quoted as saying, “They (molesters) threatened us and abused us. One of them touched my sister inappropriately. They started making obscene gestures. After heated exchanges, one of the boys told his friends to beat us. One of them beat my sister while two others caught hold of me. I took out my belt and thrashed them. They pushed us out of the bus when it slowed down.”
Police arrested the three molesters Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak of Aasan village in Sonepat district and booked them under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code. Two of the molesters said to be army personnel and one is a student. The driver and the conductor of the bus have been suspended for not responding to the two sisters’ request for help.