Breaking their silence over the accused's version dubbing molestation in a moving roadways bus on November 28 as a dispute over a seat, victim sisters and college students Aarti and Pooja have rubbished the claim and offered to undergo narco test to bring out the truth.
"First we were molested, then made heroes and later we were dubbed as villains. This is what is happening with us. Had a section of society did not support us through turbulent times we might have committed suicide," said Aarti, elder of the two sisters.
Accompanied by their father Rajesh Kuhar and advocate Attar Singh Panwar, the victims, who are students of Government College for Women, Rohtak, were addressing a press conference at Mahavir Park opposite canal rest house on Monday.
Their advocate Attar Singh Panwar said the police have also done a shoddy work by not registering an attempt to murder case against three accused - Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak, who pushed the sisters out of the moving bus. "It might have caused a fatal accident. The police's job is to book the accused as per the complaint," added Panwar.
The victims' father, Rajesh Kuhar, who works in the government's electricity department said they want a judicial probe headed by a district and sessions judge to being the truth out.
Unidentified woman videographed incident
Responding to a media query as to who videographed the incident that occurred on November 28 in a roadways bus from Rohtak to Kharkhauda, the victims said it was a married woman who tried to help them when they were struggling with accused and shot the video. "She tried to help us and made a video with her mobile phone. Later, she forwarded the video to us through WhatsApp mobile application," said Pooja.
She refused to share the mobile number of the woman with the media citing security reasons. "I have her number and but am not able to contact her. We can share it with investigating agency," the sisters added.
High fees made them migrate to Rohtak college
On why did the sisters migrated to Rohtak government women college, even though there was women college in Kharkhauda near their home, they said it was because of high fees in the previous college that they had to come to Rohak.
Pooja said had they continued with their studies in that college, they have would have to pay double the fee for Bachelor of Computer Application (final year) as compared to what they were paying in Rohtak college.
They told HT that they submitted their father's transfer to Farmana, near Gohana, as the reason for seeking migration from previous place to Rohtak college.
Notably, a message on social networking sites is doing rounds for the last many days that the sisters sought migration to Rohtak government college on 'fake' grounds.
Rohtak college principal Laxmi Beniwal said the sisters were meritorious students and their act and conduct was non-controversial.
'Had compromised in molestation case 6 months ago'
Admitting that they had reached a compromise with four boys named Sumit, Sachin, Vinod and Arvind of Sisana village at Rohtak bus stand police station six months ago in a molestation case, the sisters said it was done after repeated requests from the boys' parents.
"Parents of the accused had sought an apology from us and they were thrashed in police station for wrongdoing, hence we agreed to reach a compromise with them," they added.
However, Ramswaroop Dahiya, father of one of accused Sumit Dahiya, had told media that they reached a compromise by paying `20,000 to tge girls, despite the fact that his son was innocent.
Eve-teasing case to caste row
A criminal case in which college-going sisters Aarti and Pooja had got three boys of Asan village - Kuldeep, Deepak and Mohit - booked for molesting them, is apparently taking the colour of a caste row.
Tejvir Sain, president of Jan Kranti Sena, a backward class leader, played an important role in holding a press conference for the victims at Mahavir Park in Rohtak on Monday.
Sain was accompanied by several of his supporters. Some backward class organisations have declared to honour both the sisters on Republic Day for their "act of bravery". Similarly, leaders with the Jat background have thrown their weight behind the accused, who come from the Hooda clan of Jat caste.
Recently, former minister Krishan Murti Hooda had demanded chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar's resignation for announcing to honour "brave girls" even before the completion of police probe. The girls come from the Bairigi community of backward class.