THE FINAL SIDE OF ROHTAK BRAVEHEARTS. VICTIM OR CULPRIT?
Heartbreaking, especially that guy who cried. This video pretty much seals the deal for me. Imagine yourself in such a situation – its a scary thought!
Hat's off to Deepika Bhardwaj and her persistence. This would have never come to light if we only depended on our MSM.
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It all started when the two sisters, Aarti and Pooja, recently rose to fame when a video of them thrashing a man in a bus in Rohtak surfaced. They were dubbed as the Rohtak Bravehearts, and all of India applauded their act of “courage and bravery” as they stood up to their so-called molesters.
While all this was happening, journalist Deepika Bhardwaj set out to find the actual story of what really happened and this is what she uncovered.
The message is clear here: It’s not about who is right or wrong, but the staunch pseudo-feminism that India blindly follows needs to stop right now. The guilty need to be punished without any gender bias.
Earlier this week they were “bravehearts,” now some in the Indian media are questioning whether the two young women filmed attacking men on a bus and in a park, are actually bullies.
Pooja and Aarti Kumar were commended by the government in Haryana after evidence of them thrashing alleged harassers with a belt on a moving bus in the state hit television screens across the country and went viral on the Internet.
Police arrested the men and then another video clip emerged. This time showing the women kicking a man between the legs.
In both cases, the women said, the men had “eve-teased” them, a euphemism for physical and verbal assault of a woman in public.
But questions over the context of the footage and what led to the beatings have begun to emerge as the week has worn on.
Families of the arrested men and witnesses have started coming forward with other versions of what happened on the bus, and some suggested that the fights were initiated by the women.
On Thursday, Shashank Anand, the superintendent of police in Rohtak, where the bus was traveling, said that three statements from witnesses aboard the bus said the men arrested were innocent.
The men, identified by police as Deepak, Mohit and Puneet, are currently being investigated under an Indian law that deals with assaults on women, other than rape. A lawyer for them could not be immediately reached for comment.
The “courage” and “bravery” of the young women for standing up against their alleged assaulters has given way to words like “mystery,” “conspiracy” and “twist in tale,” as reports look into the “other side of the story.”
“Shades of grey have crept in,” said a blog from news channel NDTV about the women.
“Have we ruined three young boys’ lives by blindly taking just the girls’ version as gospel truth? Have we made heroes out of attention-seekers?” asked another blog on medium.com.
But voices in support of the women continue to be heard with some saying that India should be “thrilled” that the college-going sisters were “serial eve-teaser thrashers.”
“In fact, women in white collar jobs should also put their chappals (or slippers) to use in the absence of any action against the male colleagues who lech at them day in and day out,” said a post on Scroll.in Thursday.
The conductor on the bus, Labh Singh, who police said was suspended along with the driver soon after the arrest on Sunday for inaction, said that the men had in fact harassed the women, giving them a reason to retaliate with force.
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