India: 93 schoolgirls molested during train journey in Bihar

November 25, 2013 | By | Reply More

Nov 25, – Patna: As many as 93 schoolgirls were reportedly sexually molested for more than four hours by a group of men in a running train in Bihar on Sunday. The incident was a reminiscence of the Delhi gang-rape on a moving bus in December last year. Taking the matter seriously, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has asked authorities to initiate action against the culprits.

India Gang RapeThe hapless students, accompanied by their three women teachers, from Carmel School in Dhanbad and Digwadih, were returning homes by an express train which they had boarded at the Patna railway junction late on Saturday night.

They were in Patna to participate in a two-day environment conference and were returning home when the incident occurred.

As per the victims’ account, the horror began soon after they boarded the Ganga-Damodar express at the Patna junction on Saturday night. The group had their reservations in the S-1 and B-1 boggies of the train but much to their surprise, they found their seats having been occupied by a large group of men who claimed to be participants of the railway recruitment examination.

Reports said the lumpen elements passing lewd remarks refused to vacate seats despite repeated requests by the girls and the teachers, even as the cops just looked on.

Eventually, they requested the unauthorised travellers to spare only 10 of their total 93 reserved seats, which was refused by the unruly men. They also misbehaved and assaulted the women teachers who protested against their lewd comments.

With no option left, the teachers brought the harassed girls to another bogey of the train. But the culprits followed them there too and continued harassing them. The ordeal lasted until the ruffians got down from the train at the Koderma railway station in Jharkhand four hours later. All through the time, the girls remained standing in the train despite having their reserved berths. Witnesses said the girls were seen weeping bitterly when their parents reached the Dhanbad station to receive them the very next morning.

“It was a nightmare. I don’t want to travel in train anymore,” a Class IX girl told the local media yesterday (Monday). “We travelled the whole way standing and huddled together in queues as the men kept on pulling us,” she narrated the whole account of her ordeal adding those men had grabbed their seats and assaulted even their teachers when they protested.

Meanwhile, the Bihar chief minister while taking the matter quite seriously has directed the additional director general, railways to initiate action against the culprits.

“I have asked the ADG railway to initiate immediate action against the culprits and also fix responsibility as to who were responsible for this shocking incident,” Kumar told the media on Monday while releasing his government’s annual report card on his government completing eight year in power.

Press journalist for HRO media – contributed to this report.

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