Two Indian girls who were harassed have fought back their attackers in what has been declared a brave encounter.
India, which has become famous for female molestation and rape in recent years where women are sexually assaulted in broad daylight, saw these two young ladies defend and stand up for themselves.
The girls, Aarti Kumar, 22, and her sister, Pooja, 19, told CNN the men came up to them as they stood at the bus stop waiting for a bus and began to taunt them. They them proceeded to throw pieces of paper with telephone numbers at them.
When the sisters chose to ignore this unwanted attention and get on the bus, the man followed them into the bus and continued their taunting.
In a bid to stop the assault, one of the sisters lurched towards one of the men, bit they were soon overpowered as they tried to defend themselves, while other passengers in the bus looked on and even cautioned the girls to stop fighting the men.
“The men started to abuse me and touch me. I told them ‘if you touch me again, you’ll get beaten up.’ They called a friend on the phone and told him to ‘come over because we have to beat up some girls,’ ” Pooja told the BBC.
“No one came forward in the bus to help us. So we took out our belts in self-defense (and hit the men). If only the other passengers had helped us, we would not have needed to retaliate in this way,” Pooja continued.
The men have since been arrested while the two sisters will be recognized with ‘bravery’ awards (which also includes monetary rewards of 31,000 rupees, about $500) on January 26, India’s Republic Day, announced Harayana’s Chief Minister, Manohar All Khattar.
This incident, which has gathered much international attention, has seen the girls been applauded as true heros under the hashtag #IFoughtThemBack.
Rape has been reported as the fourth most perpetrated crime against women in India with 24,923 reported cases in 2012.
On this same issue, TIMES NOW, India’s most watched English news channel has come forth, encouraging people with similar experiences to come out in a simple message displayed on their page:
“Have you been forced to fight sexual predators nu yourself? Cal this number Live on Blue Print 022- 24990594/596/598”
“Have you been forced to fight sexual predators by yourself? Tweet your story/picture with #IFoughtThemBack”