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Watch The Shocking Moment Two Indian Women Had To Fight Off Their Harassers On Public Transport

There has been a huge outcry on social media over the lack of support from other passengers.

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This video shows two young women in India fending off a group of male attackers after being sexually harassed on a bus.

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The women are reportedly two sisters – Arti Kumar, 22, and her sister Pooja, 19. The Times of India said:

Initially the duo ... suffered in silence as the men passed obscene remarks and made lewd gestures at them. However when the men started picking on [a] pregnant woman as well, the girls took matters into their own hands and bravely fought back.

It appears that the girls were on their way home from college in the village of Rohtak, 70 miles northwest of New Delhi.

According to The Telegraph, one of the girls said:

We boarded the bus from Rohtak bus stand, this boy started teasing us by trying to give his phone number to us. When we protested, he called his friends and they started making obscene gestures. When I walked up to him asking not to make such gestures, he grabbed me by the neck while others held back my sister. After heated exchanges, one of the boys called his friends asking him to beat us up. One of them beat my sister while two others caught hold of me.

The Hindu reported that not only did the bus driver, conductor, and co-passengers not intervene, they were apparently seen "dissuading the girls from lodging a complaint with the police".

According to the Times of India: "Eventually the sisters were overpowered, their mobile phones taken away and they were thrown off the moving bus causing them minor injuries."

The incident has given rise to the hashtag #RohtakBravehearts. A number of Twitter users have asked why other passengers didn't intervene.

What the other ppl I mean guys were doing when these #RohtakBravehearts were bashing eve teasers. Cowards go get a life

Dr Jwala Gurunath@DrJwalaGFollow

What the other ppl I mean guys were doing when these #RohtakBravehearts were bashing eve teasers. Cowards go get a life

12:12 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

All respect to #RohtakBravehearts for standing against molestation. It's a Shame that everyone in the bus just sat there doing nothing.

Fairoz Khan@Fairoz_JKFollow

All respect to #RohtakBravehearts for standing against molestation. It's a Shame that everyone in the bus just sat there doing nothing.

7:32 AM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@AamAadmiParty Come on girls be ready with your belts for road side eve-teasers, No more tolerance #RohtakBravehearts

Rekha Verma@PardesirekhaVFollow

@AamAadmiParty Come on girls be ready with your belts for road side eve-teasers, No more tolerance #RohtakBravehearts

12:20 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Rohtak episode where 2 girls r filmed beating eve teasers again reflects on the apathy of bystanders who'd rather watch/film than help.

Priyanka Chaturvedi@priyankac19Follow

The Rohtak episode where 2 girls r filmed beating eve teasers again reflects on the apathy of bystanders who'd rather watch/film than help.

12:18 PM - 30 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Hindu reported that the incident was recorded by the pregnant woman the men harassed and "went viral on social media on Sunday evening". She also accompanied them to a police post.

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The paper reported that three men have now been remanded in custody until 6 December.

Rohtak police chief Shanshank Anand told India Today: "We have arrested the three accused and they will be produced before court tomorrow. A case under section 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage woman's modesty) and section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) have been registered against them."

The three men were "Eve-teasing" – a term used in India to refer to sexual harassment or molestation of women by men in public places.

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According to this Indian report, the three men wanted to join the army and have now been refused. This report, meanwhile, claims the girls were pressurised by the families of the accused to withdraw their case.

The Times of India reported that the government of Haryana will honour the two sisters, giving them cash awards "on the occasion of Republic Day".

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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