Sisters fight back after being sexually harassed on bus in India
Pooja, 19, and Aarti Kumar, 22, attacked by three men in early 20s
When Aarti was grabbed by the neck, Pooja beat up trio with a belt
The two Indian sisters who were filmed hitting two men with a belt after allegedly being sexually harassed today revealed that they fought back to show that 'girls are not weak'.
Pooja, 19, and Aarti Kumar, 22, were verbally abused by three men in their early 20s on a bus in Rohtak, Haryana, last Friday - and have since become internet heroines for their retaliation.
The university students, who were on their way home from Rohtak Government College, turned on their abusers - and beat them up with a belt while fellow passengers watched.
Pooja told MailOnline: 'We encounter these kinds of incidents on a daily basis. It was only when the boys started misbehaving with a pregnant woman that we resorted to this.
'We really thought to these guys a lesson and beat them up. We wanted to show that we girls are not weak and capable to defending ourselves. We really wanted to kick them.
A video of the bus attack has gone viral on social media in India, and has since seen the men arrested.
When Aarti told the men to stop and not touch her, one of the men pushed her and grabbed her by the throat.
I am not regretting it. I did the right thingPooja Kumar. Coming to her sister's defence, Pooja removed her belt and began hitting, kicking and punching the man holding her sister until he let go.
Pooja said: 'You see we have been tolerating these kind of things for long enough, but how long can we tolerate this?
'Our patience was over when we saw a fellow lady passenger who was pregnant being abused and bullied by these hooligans than we decided to act and teach them a lesson.'
The incident took place on a bus on Friday, when the Kumar sisters were on their way home from Rohtak Government College, and was filmed by one of the passengers
'Women get harassed and abused everywhere in India and men haven't learnt any lessons even after so many incidents. Every man has a mother and sister, but they still indulge in these things.'
We wanted to show that we girls are not weak and capable to defending ourselvesPooja Kumar
Most of the passengers did nothing to help the girls, and neither driver not the bus conductor stepped in.
The film of the incident, which has been circulating on social media, shows one man attempting to separate the girls from the three men.
The victims even dialled the number of a women's helpline, but got no response.
The Kumar sisters say they were 'thrown off the bus' by their abusers, who followed them and continued to harass them.
One of the men grabbed 22-year-old Aarti, left, by the neck so Pooja, right, removed her belt and defended her
Pooja told local media that they finally fought off the trio by throwing a brick at them, after which they fled the scene.
You see we have been tolerating these kind of things for long enough, but how long can we tolerate this? Pooja Kumar
After reaching home, the sisters narrated the incident to their parents and subsequently a case was registered at the Rohtak Sadar police station.
The three men, said to be soldiers-in-training, have been arrested over the attack. Today, the bus conductor and driver were both suspended for allegedly not informing the police about the incident.
Haryana Women's Commission vice-chairperson Suman Dahiya said: 'I will personally visit the place where the incident took place.'