The journalist with a news channel was accosted by the jawans as she stepped out of a restaurant with a friend at about 7.30 pm.
They passed lewd comments one of them brazenly touched her and tried to sexually assault her. The girl was shocked as the jawans were in uniform. But they were drunk. "One of them lunged at me. I could not imagine that such a thing could happen in a place like Shyambazar crossing, where there were hundreds of people,"she told a newspaper.
The journalist screamed for help and people waiting at a nearby bus stop rushed out and surrounded the men in uniform. The trio tried to flee but the girl chased one of them down.
Enraged people staged a road blockade accusing the police of shielding the jawans and helping them get away. The police lathicharged the protesters, triggering chaos at the busy crossing.
The jawans of BSF were part of a contingent headed for official duty in northeastern states. There have been daily complaints of harassment by the paramilitary forces and the people of northeast have been agitating against brutality of these jawans. If the jawans could be so brazen in a metropolitan area during peak hours with hundreds present in market place, the scale of harassment in remote places is a fact that cannot be ignored.