The harassment of girls and women in buses is bringing more shame to Punjab.
A fortnight after the Moga incident in which a teenage Dalit girl and her mother were thrown out of a moving bus that belongs to Punjab’s ruling Badal family, three girls, including two minors, were eve teased in moving buses, with one vehicle owned by another Akali Dal leader.
In the first case, the conductor of a private bus allegedly harassed two young sisters in Muktsar district on Tuesday.
The minors were on their way home in Muktsar district when they were harassed
The bus belongs to Akali Dal leader Hardeep Singh Dhillon, whose vehicle was attacked by protesters in Faridkot recently.
The incident took place when the girls, aged 13 and 15 years, were travelling alone and were on their way home.
As the bus belongs to the leader of the ruling party, the police allegedly refused to register a complaint. It was only registered after media reported the issue.
“The cops refused to register an FIR and had asked us to go to media for justice. We want stern action against the conductor of the bus, which belongs to an Akali Dal leader,” the father of the victims said on Friday.
When contacted, Muktsar SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal refuted the allegations and said the formal complaint was made late while assuring that stern action will be taken against the bus conductor.
“FIR cannot be registered till the probe is over. The family approached us late, which delayed the probe,” Chahal said.
Meanwhile, the girls and their family members addressed media persons on Friday and demanded action against the conductor.
In the second incident, a Phagwara-based college student, Sumeet Kumar (21), allegedly misbehaved with a 23-year-old girl who was headed for Jalandhar, in a private bus at Laddowal of Ludhiana district on Wednesday.
Police have arrested Kumar after the girl filed a complaint.
A fortnight ago, in a shocking incident in Punjab’s Moga a 13-year-old girl and her mother were allegedly pushed off a moving bus when they protested against sexual assault by the staff of the bus.
The teenage girl sustained severe injuries and died on the spot.
According to the statement made by the mother to the police, she, her daughter and 10-year-old son had boarded the bus in Moga. The bus didn't have many passengers, she said.
According to the mother, the accused first targeted her. But after she ignored them, the cleaner of the bus began to make lewd gestures at her daughter.
A few passengers also joined in, she alleged. At this point the woman approached the driver of the bus for help, but the driver increased the speed of the bus.
The bus of the Orbit Aviation (Private) Limited is owned by CM Parkash Singh Badal’s son and Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.
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