2 sisters beat up 3 men who tried to assault them on bus in north India's state of Haryana

This screen grab from a video posted on YouTube shows two sisters beating up three men, who were allegedly sexually harassing them on a moving bus in the north Indian state of Haryana. -- PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM YOUTUBE
This screen grab from a video posted on YouTube shows two sisters beating up three men, who were allegedly sexually harassing them on a moving bus in the north Indian state of Haryana. -- PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM YOUTUBE
Indian residents who are alleged to have harrassed two sisters on a bus are photographed before media as they are held in police custody at an undisclosed location on Nov 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Indian residents who are alleged to have harrassed two sisters on a bus are photographed before media as they are held in police custody at an undisclosed location on Nov 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Indian sisters Pooja (left), 19, and Aarti, 22, are photographed at their home in the district of Sonepat on Dec 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Indian sisters Pooja (left), 19, and Aarti, 22, are photographed at their home in the district of Sonepat on Dec 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHANDIGARH (India) - Three men have been beaten up by two sisters on an Indian bus after they attempted to assault the young women.

A video of the incident last Friday, filmed by a passenger, has gone viral across a country where abuse of women has become a raging debate and prompted tough new anti-rape laws.

The sisters, identified by the Times of India as Ms Arti Kumar, 22 and her sister Pooja, 19, had taken a bus in the northern state of Haryana's Rohtak district.

Three young men "threatened us and abused us", one of the women told the Press Trust of India news agency.

"One of them touched my sister inappropriately," she said.

When the men also made lewd comments to a pregnant passenger, the sisters decided it was time to fight back, said the Times.

One of the women told BBC Hindi: "No one came forward in the bus to help us. So we took out our belts in self-defence (and hit the men). If only the other passengers had helped us, we would not have needed to retaliate in this way."

The sisters said the men pushed them out of the bus when it stopped and attacked them again, but the women fought back by throwing a brick at the men who ran away.

The men were arrested and charged with assault.

The Haryana government has announced a 31,000 rupee (S$649) cash reward for each of the two sisters, said the Times.

It has also suspended the bus driver and the conductor, because the bus was not driven to the nearest police station and the conductor failed to intervene.