The brave college-going sisters, who fought back eve-teasers in a Haryana Roadways bus, will be honoured by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Republic day.
In a rare show of courage, the two sisters thrashed three molestors inside a bus in Haryana's Rohtak town, even as passengers chose to look the other way.
Both sisters confronted the accused and mustered enough courage to thrash them, with one of the girls even hitting the youths with her belt, for allegedly outraging their modesty.
The entire incident, recorded by a passenger on mobile phone, went viral both on television and social media. It showed the two girls using their hands and a belt to thrash the molestors, who appeared to be taken by surprise.
A case has been registered against three youths in this connection, police said on Sunday. No arrest has, however, been made so far.
The accused have been identified as Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak, police said, adding that a case under section 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage woman's modesty) and section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC have been registered against them.
The victims in their complaint alleged that they were harassed by some youths in a Haryana Roadways bus when they were going to their college on Friday.
When the victims objected, one of the accused started beating them up.
Not to give up easily, the girls fought with the accused as fellow passengers remained mute spectators. One of the victims even hit the accused with a belt, police said.
One of the girls said, "They threatened us and abused us. One of them touched my sister inappropriately. They started making obscene gestures... 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.
"Then, I whipped out my belt and thrashed them. They pushed us out of the bus when it slowed down," she narrated.
Meanwhile, the father of the two sisters alleged that there was pressure from the panchayat that the girls should withdraw the complaint.
SP Rohtak Shanshank Anand told PTI over phone, "We have identified the accused and soon they will be arrested. These are brave girls and we fully support them."