Two sisters fought back against sexual harassment. Their moves are being applauded in a country where sexual violence has come under the spotlight in the last few years. A video of two sisters fighting back against alleged sexual harassers on a bus in northern India is the latest spark in a continuing conversation about the country's sexual violence issues.
Almost two years after the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi ignited massive protests across the nation, this video depicts a vastly different "Sexual harassment in indian bus lines" on a mode of Indian public transportation that has since come under scrutiny. The footage, taken by a passenger a couple rows back from the scene, shows two young women pushing, pulling, and hitting — including swinging a belt -— three men as other passengers look on.
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The pair say they were provoked by lewd comments and gestures from the men while waiting at the bus station. When the sisters objected, things escalated and worsened on board the bus, according to NDTV. Then he called another boy saying that we have to beat up two girls.
Sexual harassment in indian bus lines then the other boy got on the bus. At one point, one of the men holds one sister's arm back while another holds the other sister down on a seat by her neck. Pooja, 19, the younger sister, said other passengers "just watched and did nothing," according to the BBC.
The video was taken Friday as the women commuted home from college, and three young men were arrested Sunday, police said, according to NDTV. The BBC reported a stream of people trying to meet the women who "have become the toast of the country. The sisters said it's something women face "all the time" in that part of the country and that this time they felt things had gone too far. The government, including India's prime minister, has promised to take steps to ensure women's safety on the streets, but many feel that will mean little until social attitudes toward women shift, according to the BBC.
The response by the sisters follows a string of incidents that have set off public protests over sexual violence in the country in recent years.
Despite increased sentences for rape convictions, the rape of a 5-year-old girl led protesters to call for harsher penalties and
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But the brutal gang rape and hanging of two cousins in May "revealed the immense gulf that remains in India," and fueled the public outcry further.
Also this year, a young woman was punished by her village council with gang rape for her relationship
Sexual harassment in indian bus lines a man from outside her community. Last month, an Indian man confessed to murdering his daughter's alleged rapista vigilante response that reflects a continuing distrust of the nation's judicial system when it comes to rape cases.
Eight in 10 say the problem is growing. About 74 percent say that the laws in the country are too lax when it comes to punishing cases of rape, and 78 percent fault law enforcement for being too lax when it comes to cases of rape. The video of the two sisters fighting back has garnered an enormous response on Twittermany applauding the young women, and as many shaming the bystanders — and the government.
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Shameful that none in the bus stood up 4 thm. Just how difficult is it for a bus full of people to stand up for 2 girls being humiliated with lewd remarks?
I salute what the RohtakBravehearts did. But its clear that the state failed in its responsibility of providing a safe environmnt 4 its ppl. What happened in Rohtak is a story many women relate to. We've all been there. RohtakBravehearts show us why we musn't be silent.
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Like what you see here? The Delhi gang rape case involved a rape and fatal assault that occurred on 16 There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the Since Indian law does not allow the press to publish a rape victim's name, the All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder.
Two sisters, riding on a crowded bus in northern India on Friday, lashed. the two young women aboard the bus in Rohtak tried calling a women's help line In India and other parts of south Asia, sexual harassment in public.
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