In yet another gruesome incident which reflects the status of women’s safety in India, a 40-year-old woman along with her 15-year-old daughter jumped off the Howrah-Jodhpur Express to prevent the girl from being gang-raped.The incident happened on Saturday night when the duo boarded the train from Kolkata to Delhi in an unreserved coach.The horrific incident happened when the train was between Chandari and Kanpur railway stations.

According to a HindustanTimes report, the woman told the police that the group of nearly 10-15 men started taunting and teasing the girl soon after the train left Howrah.

The group of men also tried to molest the girl after which the mother rushed to the RPF constables for help. She further told that she complained twice about the continuous harassment. “The constables accompanied me to the compartment and nabbed three of them. They even slapped them and took them away,” she told HT.“However, the men came back within 30 minutes, perhaps after bribing cops,” she further alleged.

The woman was shocked when she saw that the men turned more violent after the train left Allahabad.They threatened the duo by saying they will drug and sell the girl.
At around 10 pm when the girl was going to the toilet the mother heard her screams.
To her horror, she saw 4-5 men were surrounding her and dragging to the toilet probably with a motive of gangraping her.

After fighting the men for some time when the duo saw no other choice they jumped from the running train. The girl’s clothes were also torn as a result of their fight against the harassers.They remained in an unconscious and injured state for nearly two hours. Finally, when they regained consciousness, both walked to the Chandari railway station where people called an ambulance and rushed them to the Lala Lajpat Rai hospital.

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In an insensitive move when the woman claimed that the RPF constables took a bribe to let off the offenders the North Central Railway which runs the Howrah-Jodhpur Express distanced itself from the incident.

We are in the process of registering an FIR on the complaint,” Ram Mohan Rai, SHO, Government Railway Police (GRP) Kanpur told to the media.

When a group of 10-15 men fearlessly try to harass a minor, that too in a public space it simply shows how unsafe are the women in this country. The fact that they tried to gangrape the girl in a moving train shows that they have no fear of the law and order. Governments will come and go but the status of women’s safety in the nation doesn’t look likes improving anytime soon.

Source: Hindustan Times

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