'Brave' Rohtak Sisters Who Beat Up Their Harassers Fail Lie Detector Test: Reports

19/02/2015 2:38 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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SONEPAT, INDIA - DECEMBER 1: Braveheart sisters Pooja (L) and Aarti (R) at their residence on December 1, 2014 in Sonepat, India. Two college-going braveheart sisters confronted three eve-teasers inside a moving bus in Rohtak, with one of the girls even hitting the youths with her belt, even as passengers remained mute spectators. (Photo by Manoj Dhaka/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Sisters Pooja and Aarti became an overnight sensation last year after a video that showed the two women beating up men they claimed were harassing them on a moving Haryana Roadways bus was circulated online. The sisters from Haryana were hailed as ‘bravehearts’ and praised for finding the courage to report abuse when many under similar situation would suffer in silence.

The Haryana government had decided to award the girls for their bravery but held back when some passengers on the bus claimed that the youths had not molested the sisters and the fight was for a seat on the bus.

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The widely-covered story took another turn on Wednesday when reports emerged that the two sisters failed a polygraph and psychological assessment test (PAT). The two accused who were arrested soon after the incident reportedly cleared the test.

A report in Aaj Tak stated that parts of the test results were leaked from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Delhi's CBI headquarters before they were made public.

The report said the responses of the girls were unsatisfactory whereas the accused boys responded “positively” to the questions asked during the test. Interestingly, at the time of the bus incident, another video of the sisters thrashing a youth in a park in Rohtak had emerged leading many to question their version.

The lawyer employed by the families of the boys said the leaked report has strengthened their case.

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The police have not provided official confirmation on the results of the test, but a cop told News18 that "The girls have hidden some facts from the police as the Polygraph and Psychological Assessment Test (PAT) suggests, whereas the accused have cleared the test."

The lawyers of the complainants alleged that “unnecessary and objectionable questions were asked to the girls”.

Meanwhile, Twitter erupted with indignation and users said this was a set back for real victims of abuse who will now not be taken seriously.

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