A 16-year-old Bermo schoolgirl, who had been silently suffering eve-teasing by three youths for several weeks, mustered courage to challenge them on Wednesday, leading to their arrests.
Navin Kumar and Shubham Singh of Shanti Nagar Colony and Guru Charan Vishwakarma of New Road have been sent to Tenughat jail.
According to sources, the arrested, aged around 28-30, had been regularly teasing and harassing the girl, a Class XII student of a popular school in Bermo, around 32km away from Bokaro steel city. “The girl comes back home in school bus and gets down near Phusro sub-divisional hospital. The youths would wait for her near the bus stop and teased her,” said a Bermo police officer.
Initially, the teen ignored them, but her patience started wearing thin as the youths’ remarks became viler. “Navin, Shubham and Guru had started passing vulgar comments at the girl and even made indecent gestures. On Wednesday, the girl lost her cool and shouted, asking them to behave properly,” the officer added.
Her screams drew the attention of passers-by, who tried to catch hold of the youths, but they fled. By that time, the girl’s family had rushed to the spot. They also lodged a case at Bermo police station.
The three were arrested from their homes and charged under Sections 509, 504, 506, 354, 341 and 323 of the IPC.
Bermo OC Akhilesh Kumar Mandal said: “We will conduct drives to nab more such eve-teasers.”