Around a dozen such incidents of molestation of girls on the streets have come to light since April this year
Patna: A video of a schoolgirl being stripped and molested on a street in India’s Bihar state has gone viral, amid growing concern about the law and order situation in the state.
Police have arrested two suspects while a manhunt has been launched to track the other absconding accused.
The incident took place in eastern Bihar’s Saharsa district, but only came to the knowledge of the police when someone forwarded the video to authorities after it went viral.
In the video, the schoolgirl is seen riding her bicycle on a village road, when a group of up to seven youths accost her and drag her towards the side of the road.
They also snatch her scarf.
The molesters refuse to take notice of her appeals for mercy although she calls them “sir” and “brothers”.
The molesters chase her and beat her down on the ground as she tries to escape.
The girl cries and begs for mercy but the attackers remain unmoved.
“We have identified the footage and arrested two persons in connection with the incident after registering the case,” the local deputy superintendent of police Prabhakar Tiwari told the media on Tuesday.
The incident comes barely days after a middle-aged woman was thrashed, stripped and paraded naked on the streets in central Bihar’s Bhojpur district on the suspicion that she was involved in the murder of a youth.
Around a dozen such incidents of molestation of girls on the streets have come to light since April this year, indicating the severity of the situation.
While two incidents were reported from Gaya district, others have been reported from Jehanabad, Masaurhi (Patna district), Purnia, Nalanada, Madhubani, Kaimur, Rohtas and Bhojpur. The police administration has miserably failed to check such crime despite stern warning by the chief minister.
“Law and order have slipped out of hands of the chief minister Nitish Kumar and he is looking helpless. A series of incidents of molestation of girls on the streets and violence against women are pointer to this fact,” alleged Rashtriya Janata Dal spokesperson Ejya Yadav. She said if the chief minister was unable to handle the home department properly, he must give its responsibility to some other cabinet colleagues.
The Congress too expressed concerns over increase in cases of female violence and the government’s failures to curb them. “Such incidents have shamed us all but what’s surprising the chief minister has failed to keep his words. He had returned to power over the issue of law and order situation,” wondered Congress lawmaker Prem Chandra Mishra.
The ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) too expressed shock over such incident but said it was the responsibility of the society to keep a curb on such incidents. “It’s really surprising that some people are indulged in molesting, making videos and then allowing them to go viral on the social media. The government alone is not responsible to check such incidents, rather the entire society will have to cooperate,” JD-U spokesperson Ajay Alok said.