CHANDIGARH: Haryana government on Monday announced that it will honour the two sisters, who single-handedly took on three alleged molesters in a moving bus, on Republic Day as the girls came in for praise for their bravery.
Both the girls had shown indomitable courage and bravery by opposing the misdemeanour of three youth who tried to "molest" them in a moving bus of Haryana Roadways at Rohtak, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said in a statement, adding effective steps will be taken to ensure security of women passengers.
"All the girls should do what these sisters did. They did well. But it is sad that none of the other passengers came to their help. The society has to change its mindset and people should stop being mere onlookers when such incidents take place."
- Uma Bharti, Union Minister
The girls will be given cash awards on the occasion of Republic Day.
Taking serious note of this incident, Haryana government has asked state Director General of Police (DGP) and state transport department to take steps for ensuring safety and security of passengers especially women travelling in the Haryana roadways buses.
The bus drivers and conductors have also been directed to make sure that such incidents do not occur in future, it said.
The two college-going sisters had confronted three eve-teasers inside a moving bus, with one of the girls even hitting the youths with her belt, even as passengers remained mute spectators.
The entire incident, recorded by a passenger on mobile phone, went viral both on television and social media. It showed the two girls using hand and belt to thrash the eve teasers, who appeared to be taken by surprise.
All the three youths -- Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak - were later arrested.
"It is very unfortunate (incident) and very brave of these two girls.... I suppose the Centre and the state will all have to work together in a focussed manner, otherwise public spaces are not going to be safe."
- Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister
"All the girls should do what these sisters did. They did well. But it is sad that none of the other passengers came to their help. The society has to change its mindset and people should stop being mere onlookers when such incidents take place," Union Minister Uma Bharti said, reacting to the incident that has triggered spontaneous indignation.
"What the girls wear, does not matter. People should come together and ensure that women are respected and their dignity is maintained," she said.
National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumarmangalam too praised the girls.
"I would like to congratulate the girls and ask the authorities to take appropriate action. Few girls have the guts to take on the molesters. The government should take action. I would appeal to every Indian to come forward," she said.
The parents of the two girls lodged an FIR with Haryana police against the three youths informing that the molesters got down at the Kansla village in Rohtak.
The victims in their complaint alleged that they were "teased" by some youths in a Haryana Roadways bus when they were going to their college on Friday.
When the victims objected, one of the accused started beating them up.
The father of the two sisters alleged that there was pressure from the panchayat that the girls should withdraw the complaint.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the incident highlighted that Indian women are exposed to all kinds of risks in public spaces.
"It is very unfortunate (incident) and very brave of these two girls.... I suppose the Centre and the state will all have to work together in a focussed manner, otherwise public spaces are not going to be safe," she said.
The Commerce Minister said that the issue of safety of women will be taken up with the Home Ministry and it should be carefully looked into by all.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said it would be not be fair to target the BJP government in Haryana over the issue and it is new and "it will take some time to repair the damage done during the Congress rule".