A 23 – year old Bhutanese woman working in Bangalore, India was allegedly molested on Wednesday morning by the conductor of the bus she was on with her sister.
The incident occurred around 8am when the sisters were on their way to work, which is about 45 minutes ride by bus. In a telephone interview, the woman’s older sister said that the issue with the conductor started when they were standing in queue to buy the bus ticket.
“He was about to cut a daily pass for me because I was looking at the ticket he was issuing to the lady before me but I stopped him and asked him to give me a ticket only until my office,” she said. “He looked at me angrily and started talking in their language by pointing at us.”
After driving for about half a kilometer, they stopped the bus and asked the sisters to get off but when they refused and started to call the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) complaint center, the bus moved.
The driver again stopped the bus for about half an hour saying they would lodge a complaint against the sisters to BMTC. While other passengers complained and left the bus, the sisters stayed back in the bus for a while and then decided to leave.
“But the driver and the conductor stood in front of us, blocking our way,” she said. “I pushed away his hand and we started walking towards the auto stand.”
She said they followed them and were showing them their fists. “When my sister got out, the conductor caught her by the neck and pushed her inside the bus,” she said. “I was trying to call the police and the moment he heard me say police, he closed the bus door and the bus started moving slowly.”
While she was asking him to stop the bus, she said her sister was molested. “I stood in-front of the bus to stop it and to get my sister out,” she said.
The sister later got a call from the BMTC manager apologising and that he would look into the matter. “But he gave a clean chit to the driver and conductor and we decided to go to the media,” she said.
While there are other buses, she said they took that bus regularly because it took the shortest route to their work place.