" We were told that there are several boys who are victims of these girls. A lot of people who have seen the rowdyism by these girls have also come out, independent filmmaker Deepika Narayan Bharadwaj, who visited the villages of the 'victims' and the 'accused' after the incident, told IANS."
By Jaideep Sarin

Chandigarh, Dec 8 - Just a week back, they were 'role models' and the darlings of the media and dial-a-quote experts who had dared to take on male tormentors in a patriarchal society in Haryana. But things changed drastically for the two braveheart sisters who thrashed three youths for allegedly molesting and assaulting them.

The same sisters are now being scrutinised for their actions after more videos have gone viral alleging that they were serial beaters as far as boys in Haryana's Rohtak and Sonipat districts were concerned. Videos linked to the two teenaged sisters, Aarti and Pooja, and independent investigations into their 'heroic' act of taking on molesters are now questioning the objective behind these two thrashing boys.

When they hit the national headlines for the first time last week, one of the sisters openly went on record to claim that they have, in the past, thrashed many youths who had harassed women.

The Haryana government had first announced that the sisters would be honoured during the next Republic Day (Jan 26) celebrations.

However, the government later put the move on hold pending a complete investigation into the Nov 28 incident in which three youths were thrashed by them inside a moving Haryana Roadways bus near Rohtak.

Other voices have now started coming out against the sisters's actions.

The girls went overboard claiming 2,000 boys have molested them till date. A simple arithmetic, assuming the girls being molested for last five years or 1,825 days, the girls got molested virtually every day. Raising a false alarm shot the girls to instant fame, Amit Gupta, convener of NGO Hridaya which works for the 'Save Indian Family' movement, told IANS.

Many people, including women and activists in Rohtak district, have come out openly to challenge the sisters' claims.

We were told that there are several boys who are victims of these girls. A lot of people who have seen the rowdyism by these girls have also come out, independent filmmaker Deepika Narayan Bharadwaj, who visited the villages of the 'victims' and the 'accused' after the incident, told IANS.

Deepika's video The other side of Rohtak bravehearts has got nearly 300,000 hits on YouTube.


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