When 24-year old V Ramapriya (name changed) boarded an omni bus from Thanjavur on Wednesday night, the only thing on her mind was the prospect of a doctor’s job. All of that changed during her hellish journey to Chennai as the MBBS graduate was forced to endure several hours of sexual and verbal harassment, thanks to an indifferent bus crew and her callous fellow passengers, barring two good Samaritans.
Her ordeal ended only when four men, including an engineering student, a temple priest and the omni bus’ driver, were confronted by Inspector C Sam Vincent at Koyambedu on Thursday morning. Ramapriya, a native of Villupuram district, boarded the SRM Travels bus at 11 pm on Wednesday to attend an interview for the post of a doctor in a Kendriya Vidyalaya school. An MBBS graduate from the Government Vellore Medical College, she was staying in Thanjavur, where her father worked as an executive engineer with the water board.
Seated alone in her row, Ramapriya was fast asleep at around 3 am, when she woke up with a jolt to someone groping her. A traumatised Ramapriya looked around and found that the culprits were two young men seated behind her.
“She scolded them, hoping that they would stop,” Vincent told Express. When the harassment continued, she shouted at the duo and asked the bus’ additional driver to switch on the lights.