In an incident which brings back horrific memories of the Delhi gangrape in a moving bus, a 13-year-old girl died and her mother was seriously injured in Moga, Punjab, when they were allegedly forced to jump off a moving bus to avoid being molested by a group of men, according to reports.
The police have arrested two people in connection with the case and have registered an FIR in the case, according to TV reports. The bus was impounded.
The incident took place on Wednesday evening. The 35-year-old woman said the harassment began from the moment she, along with her daughter and 14-year-old son, got on the bus, according to NDTV. “The conductor refused to give my daughter a ticket,” the NDTV report quoted the woman as saying.
When the bus reached a toll plaza around 10 km from Moga, the assistant bus conductor allegedly began sexually assaulting the woman, according to The Times of India. When the woman complained to the conductor, instead of helping her, the conductor sided with the assistant. Eyewitness account of passengers on the bus indicated that the mother and daughter were subjected to molestation and lewd remarks by some youth and the bus staff after they boarded it.
Even the bus driver did not stop when the woman asked him to stop the bus. In fact, when the woman and daughter tried getting off the bus, the driver increased the speed of the bus.
“They kept abusing us. No one helped. They first pushed my daughter off the bus, then me,” NDTV quoted the mother as saying. However, the TOI report said that the woman and her daughter jumped off the moving bus to avoid being sexually assaulted.
“No one in the bus came to the rescue of the victims. There were not many passengers in the bus when the incident happened,” an eyewitness told police.
The girl was declared brought dead by doctors at a hospital. The mother was admitted to a government hospital in Moga.
(With inputs from IANS)