Mukul Kalita, a journalist with Ajir Asom newspaper, was one of the very few people who tried to rescue the teenaged girl in Guwahati who was molested by a mob on a busy street on Monday evening for half an hour.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, Kalita said he stopped his bike when he saw a girl, who was followed by a mob, crying for help.
“I was on my bike and I saw on the road that a girl was running and behind her are around 30-40 men. The girl was crying for help,” Kalita said.
“I immediately parked my bike but by that time the crowd had started to attack the girl. They pushed her on the ground and molested her,” he added.
At this point Kalita tried to save the girl but had to face the mob’s fury.
“I faced the ferocious mob and asked them why were harassing her? They told me not to interfere,” he said.
“Immediately I called the police on 100. They told me that they know of the incident and that they are on the way. When the police arrived we rescued the girl from the mob,” he said.
The whole incident was filmed by a local news channel and an unedited version was also uploaded on YouTube. Kalita tried to stop the cameraman from filming the incident.
“The cameraman who was filming knew me as we are in the same field. I told him not to film the incident, but he thought I told him not to film me. So he didn’t shoot me but continued to shoot the incident,” he said.
It’s been five days since the tragic incident took place but police have nabbed only four of the molesters.
“If the police doesn’t find the molesters, we will find them,” Kalita said.
If only there were more people like Kalita at that time, the teen may have been rescued. “Whatever I did was on humanitarian grounds. The girl needed help,” he said.