April 30, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: A day after a 14-year-old died on the road, having been thrown off a moving bus, the grisly details of her last few minutes are emerging. She tried with her mother to escape the men on board who wanted to molest her; the crew of the bus joined in the stalking; nobody came to their rescue.
“She was pushed out of a window. She hit her head,” said the teen’s grandmother.
The three men arrested so far include the bus conductor and a cleaner. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said, “It is unfortunate that this happened on a bus owned by our company.” Documents show that his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal has a stake in Orbit Aviation.
The teen and her mother were visiting a gurudwara or Sikh temple when their journey turned into one that’s being compared to that of Nirbhaya – the young Delhi student who was fatally gang-raped on a moving bus in 2012.
The girl and her mother were abused and groped by half a dozen men.
“No one helped. They first pushed my daughter off the bus, then me,” said the girl’s 38-year-old mother. She alleged that when she pleaded with the driver to stop the bus, he drove even faster.
The teen died on the road. Her mother is now in hospital with serious injuries.
With the teen was her younger brother, just 10 years old. He was dropped off a little distance away from where the women had been dumped.
“A Himalayan blunder has happened. A great sin,” said Mr Badal, who heads a coalition government with the BJP. “It could have happened on any bus…no matter who the bus belongs to, I’m very sad that such a thing has happened.”
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