The teenager who was molested by a man in his mid-30s in a moving Haryana Roadways bus on Tuesday, refused to lodge a police complaint as her “family has decided” not to pursue the matter due to “social stigma”.
The girl, who is turning 18 next month, had slapped the man in the bus on her way to the college. She told HT that she would have lodged an FIR against the accused, had her family come to her support. The girl who stays in her college hostel had given a written complaint against the bus staff to the college principal.
“Throughout the journey, I felt very embarrassed as I had no other option but to reach Gurgaon and decide on the course of action. On Wednesday, my family refused to come forward and pursue the police case as they believe the matter could bring bad name to the family. But I personally wanted an FIR to be registered,” said the girl.
Meanwhile, the Haryana Police took suo motu action on the basis of HT’s report and initiated investigation. The police also interrogated the driver and conductor of the bus and are on the lookout for the main accused.
The girl had claimed that the bus conductor had passed lewd remarks on her for wearing jeans and using mobile phones and also supported the molester, while her co-passengers laughed at her when she shouted for help. The driver also refused to take the bus to the nearest police station.
“I dialled police helpline number 100 twice from my mobile but it did not get connected. I called my brother who then informed the principal,” the girl said. The college principal also said that since the family refused to pursue the case with the police, the girl too backed out.
Driver, conductor deny claims
Gurgaon: Even as no official complaint has been lodged, the Jhajjar police have started investigation in Tuesday’s molestation case.
On Wednesday, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Jhajjar, Anil Dhawan spoke to the victim and her college principal. Police officials also questioned the driver and conductor of the bus in which the incident took place. The police are now on the lookout for the main accused.
“We have conducted preliminary investigation. The driver and the conductor were called for questioning on Wednesday afternoon. They, however, denied the allegation that they had passed any lewd comment on the girl,” the SSP said.
Two police teams are searching in nearby villages to trace the accused.
The bus belongs to Dadri bus depot in Jhajjar. According to the general manager of the Haryana Roadways, Dhanraj Kundu, “The driver is an old man and he told us that he is unaware of the incident. The conductor denied passing any lewd comments on the girl. They said that the girl did not tell them about the molestation. And that they would have caught the accused, had the victim informed them.”