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Indian Women Captured Fighting Off Sexual Attackers on Bus

NEW DELHI (AP) -- A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has drawn huge attention in a country where hundreds of thousands of women silently endure sexual harassment daily.

The video, filmed by a passenger and aired on several television channels Monday, shows the two young women hitting, punching and beating their harassers with a belt, as other passengers silently look on. The women, identified only by their first names, Arati and Pooja, told reporters that they lashed out at the men after enduring lewd comments and pawing from them.

"No one came to our help. In fact, they tried to stop us and scare us by saying the men would come for us and attack us or throw acid on us," one of the sisters told New Delhi Television channel.

Press Trust of India reported Monday that the video was shot Friday as the sisters were on their way to college. The video drew a massive response on social media.

By late Sunday, police in the state of Haryana had arrested three men and were investigating the incident.

Sexual violence and harassment faced by Indian women has been the subject of a heated debate in India since the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012.

Hundreds of thousands of ordinary Indians took to the streets in protest after that gruesome attack. The anger pushed the government to overhaul laws to make for more stringent measures to fight attacks against women.

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Video of women fighting off harassers shocks India
Women activists of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) scuffle with policewomen as they are prevented to proceed during a protest against recent incidents of rape of schoolgirls, in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Two people have been arrested by police in two separate incidents of rape of a 3 -year-old and 6-year-old girl of two different schools last month in this technology hub of India. Indian officials, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
People drive vintage cars decorated with colored balloons printed with messages denouncing rape during a rally organized to create awareness about sexual violence against women and children, in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. The rape of a 6-year-old girl had created outrage in this technology hub of India last month. Indian officials, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
People drive vintage cars decorated with colored balloons printed with messages denouncing rape during a rally organized to create awareness about sexual violence against women and children, in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. The rape of a 6-year-old girl had created outrage in this technology hub of India last month. Indian officials, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
A girl plays with colored balloons printed with messages denouncing rape next to a 1948 Morris before the start of a vintage car rally organized to create awareness about sexual violence against women and children, in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. The rape of a 6-year-old girl had created outrage in this technology hub of India last month. Indian officials, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokeswoman Kanchan Prasad speaks to journalists in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. India's top federal investigative agency said Thursday that the two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers six months ago in a north Indian village actually committed suicide. The local police's probe and post-mortem reports were both faulty and wrong persons were arrested, said Prasad. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
A veiled-face demonstrator chants in mockery; "Women go cook, women go have children," during the "Slutwalk,"an annual protest march against sexual harassment, on Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized, have become annual marches in many countries including the U.S., India and Germany, to protest against discrimination and violence against women. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A military police officer aims a rubber bullet gun, shouting "get back," at demonstrators who were trying to extend the space they were allowed to march in during the "Slutwalk,"an annual protest march against sexual harassment, on Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized, have become annual marches in many countries including the U.S., India and Germany, to protest against discrimination and violence against women. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Military police push back demonstrators for trying to extend the space they were allowed to march in during the "Slutwalk,"an annual protest march against sexual harassment, on Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized, have become annual marches in many countries including the U.S., India and Germany, to protest against discrimination and violence against women. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A woman shouts slogans as she holds a sign that reads in Portuguese; "Lesbian, Black, and Prostitute," during the "Slutwalk,"an annual protest march against sexual harassment, on Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized, have become annual marches in many countries including the U.S., India and Germany, to protest against discrimination and violence against women. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
An Indian protester with a slogan painted on his face participates in a demonstration to protest against police inaction after a six-year-old was allegedly raped in a school, in Bangalore, India, Sunday, July 20, 2014. More than a hundred protesters gathered Sunday and demanded that police arrest those involved in the July 2 incident, which was reported only this past week. The rape has raised questions about the safety of India's schoolchildren and sparked nationwide outrage over rampant sexual violence against girls and women. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
A woman protester holds a placard as she participates in a protest against alleged police inaction after a six-year-old was raped at a school, in Bangalore, India, Saturday, July 19, 2014. More than 4,000 parents and relatives of children who attend the school shouted slogans against the school's administration Saturday and demanded that police arrest those involved in the July 2 incident, which was reported only this past week. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
A parent holds high a doll belonging to her child as she participates in a protest against alleged police inaction after a six-year-old was raped at a school, in Bangalore, India, Saturday, July 19, 2014. More than 4,000 parents and relatives of children who attend the school shouted slogans against the school's administration Saturday and demanded that police arrest those involved in the July 2 incident, which was reported only this past week. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
People watch members of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union shout slogans during a protest against a gang rape of two teenage girls in Katra village, outside the Uttar Pradesh state house, in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 30, 2014. A top government official said the northern Uttar Pradesh state has sacked two police officers who failed to respond to a complaint by the father of the two teenage girls who went missing and were later found gang raped and killed. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Members of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union shout slogans as they participate in a protest against a gang rape of two teenage girls in Katra village, outside the Uttar Pradesh state house, in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 30, 2014. A top government official said the northern Uttar Pradesh state has sacked two police officers who failed to respond to a complaint by the father of the two teenage girls who went missing and were later found gang raped and killed. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Members of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union shout slogans during a protest against a gang rape of two teenage girls in Katra village, outside the Uttar Pradesh state house, in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 30, 2014. A top government official said the northern Uttar Pradesh state has sacked two police officers who failed to respond to a complaint by the father of the two teenage girls who went missing and were later found gang raped and killed. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Members of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union shout slogans during a protest against a gang rape of two teenage girls in Katra village, outside the Uttar Pradesh state house, in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 30, 2014. A top government official said the northern Uttar Pradesh state has sacked two police officers who failed to respond to a complaint by the father of the two teenage girls who went missing and were later found gang raped and killed. The placard at right reads, "Punish the culprits of gang-rape and murder of two Dalit girls." (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A member of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union shouts slogans during a protest against a gang rape of two teenage girls in Katra village, outside the Uttar Pradesh state house, in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 30, 2014. A top government official said the northern Uttar Pradesh state has sacked two police officers who failed to respond to a complaint by the father of the two teenage girls who went missing and were later found gang raped and killed. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, poses for the media with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Modi met with the leaders of rival Pakistan and other neighboring nations on Tuesday, a day after being sworn in. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comes out to receive the speaker of Bangladesh's Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Modi met with the leaders of rival Pakistan and other neighboring nations on Tuesday, a day after being sworn in. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hand with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Analysts say Sharif's visit could signal an easing of tensions between the often-hostile, nuclear-armed neighbors. No details were given about what the two men would discuss, but Modi is likely to ask Pakistan to hasten investigations into the Mumbai attack and put its perpetrators on trial. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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