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Bravery rewarded: Haryana govt declares cash recompense for Rohtak sisters

New Delhi: The Haryana government has announced Rs 31,000 cash reward for each of the two brave heart sisters who fought back the eve-teasers in a public bus in Rohtak earlier on Friday, even as the co-passengers remained mute spectators.

On Monday the Haryana government has also said that Chief Minister ML Khattar would felicitate the two brave heart sisters.

A shocking video went viral on Sunday of the two young sisters turning the tables on their molesters in a crowded bus following to which the three accused were arrested. The drama unfolded on a Haryana Roadways bus heading from Rohtak to Sonipat on November 24, when Arti Kumar, 22 and her sister Pooja, 19, were filmed attacking their molesters with their belts, by a pregnant woman travelling on the same bus.

What made the incident all the more alarming is the fact that none of the co-passengers, who are seen in the video, cringing and smirking, so much as raised a finger to come to the aid of the hapless sisters. In fact the co-passengers are seen in the video dissuading the girls from lodging a police complaint. The pregnant woman was the only one who objected to the harassment by the three men.

Initially the duo, bachelor in computer application students, suffered in silence as the men passed obscene remarks and made lewd gestures at them. However when the men started picking on the pregnant woman as well, the girls took matters into their own hands and bravely fought back.

Finally the sisters were overpowered, their mobile phones taken away and they were thrown off the moving bus causing them minor injuries. In the meantime the pregnant woman got off the bus at the next stop and accompanied the girls to the nearest police post. They were then taken to Sadar police station to register a case.

In the mean while, Police have identified the three men as Deepak, Mohit and Kuldeep of Asan village. Police claim that while the accused are all Jats, the girls belong to an other backward class (OBC) community.

“The accused have been booked for assault and outraging the modesty of a female and have been identified and were arrested on Sunday evening,” Said Rohtak SSP Shashank Anand.

It should also be noted that the much-hyped women helpline proved no help. The sisters had called to the helpline, but to their disgust, the operator simply hung up after promising to call back. “Till now, our call has not been returned,” said the sisters.

SSP Anand promised to look into the ineffectiveness of the helpline.

The girl’s father, Rajesh Kumar, a clerk in the state electricity department had nothing but praise for his feisty daughters. “I am proud of them and expect other girls to follow them in the future,” he said.

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