A 14-year-old Indian girl named Arshdeep Kaur died, and her mother, aged 38, were seriously injured after the pair were thrown out of a bus when they were sexually assaulted in the Indian Punjab province’s Moga district on April 29.
It started when three men boarded the bus and started assaulting the mother and the daughter. The girl’s 10-year-old brother was also traveling with them that Wednesday evening.
There are conflicting reports over how the two women were thrown off the bus. Some news channels reported that the girl and the mother jumped off the bus, while some say they were thrown out.
The mother and the girl were rushed to the hospital where the girl was pronounced dead. The mother was critically injured, but she is improving.
The three suspects hopped off the bus after covering a short distance from the incident.
According to a report, the mother cried for help, but the bus staff also joined in the assault.
“No one helped. They first pushed my daughter off the bus, then me,” said the girl’s mother, as reported by NDTV.
Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu called for an investigation.
“Moga is Punjab’s Nirbhaya. Smuggling of drugs takes place on these Orbit buses. Their drivers are always high on drugs,” said Bittu.
Meanwhile, CM Parkash Singh Badal, who owns 5,000 Orbit Aviation shares that run the bus, expressed sorrow over the incident.
“I am aggrieved over this incident. It is unfortunate that bus belongs to us. Whatever happened is not good and it is like Himalayan blunder. It is the biggest sin,” said Badal, reported by The Times of India.
“I will issue instructions to the concerned authorities to ensure that such an incident does not take place in future.”
Three people were arrested, including the bus driver and a cleaner.