India has faced intense scrutiny in recent years in the wake of a series of high-profile rapes and sexual attacks that have unleashed a wave of public anger against its violent treatment of women ©Noah Seelam (AFP/File)
Two Indian sisters were showered with praise and cash on Monday after a video of them thrashing three alleged molesters on a moving bus was widely replayed.
Arti and Pooja Kumar, aged 22 and 19, were allegedly harassed by the men on a crowded bus last week while returning home in Rohtak, a district of largely rural Haryana state that borders New Delhi.
The sisters, using their belts and their hands, were seen retaliating for the harassment by attacking the men who themselves fought back. Other passengers merely looked on.
Police arrested the men on Sunday night after mobile phone footage, shot by a pregnant fellow passenger, was uploaded on social media and replayed on India's multiple 24 hour news channels.
Although many praised the girls' bravery, others were scathing of the other passengers. Some of them were seen sniggering as the attacks took place.
"Hats off to #RohtakBravehearts. N I despise such men who just sat and watched everything happening," one posted on Twitter. ...