“One of the boys started touching my sister and making kissing gestures,” Arati told reporters. “I told him to go away or I would teach him a lesson. Then he called another boy saying that we have to beat up two girls. And then the other boy got on the bus.”
The sisters said that no one on the bus tried to help them. Instead, other passengers told them to not provoke the men, because they might later attack them or throw acid on
Press Trust of India reported that the video was shot Friday as the sisters were on their way to college.
By late Sunday, police in the state of Haryana had arrested three men and were investigating the incident.
As the news of the women’s actions spread, Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana’s chief minister, lauded the bravery of the two women and said they would be honored during India’s Republic Day celebration in January.
The video drew a massive response on social media, with many Indians applauding the sisters’ bravery, while criticizing the passengers for failing to come to their aid.
“Salute to (hash)RohtakBravehearts who stood against molestation gave a fitting lesson to culprits. Shameful that none in the bus stood up 4 thm,” Naveen Jindal, a federal legislator from Haryana, tweeted.
Sexual violence and harassment faced by Indian women has been the subject of a heated debate in India since the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012.
Hundreds of thousands of ordinary Indians took to the streets in protest after that gruesome attack. The anger pushed the government to overhaul laws to make for more stringent measures to fight attacks against women.