Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 17. In another incident shaming the Capital, a 23-year-old girl was brutally beaten up and gang-raped twice allegedly by four men inside a moving private bus in south Delhi last night. She was stripped naked by her assaulters and thrown out of the bus under a flyover at Mahipalpur.
The rape happened in front of the victim’s male friend, who was also badly thrashed by the accused. The victim, who hails from Uttarakhand, is in a critical condition at the Safdarjung Hospital, the police said.
The girl had completed a paramedical course at Dehradun and was working with a hospital in Delhi. Her friend is an engineer and works with HCL.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South District), Chhaya Sharma said, “Six persons have been detained and main accused Ram Singh who hails from Rajasthan has been arrested. Some vehicles have also been impounded. We have the CCTV footage of the bus but are yet to identify it.” Unconfirmed reports said the bus had been identified and traced to Noida. It was allegedly used to transport school children between Delhi and Noida.
The police has registered a case under various IPC sections pertaining to rape, robbery and abduction at the Vasant Vihar police station in South Delhi.
The police claimed that the couple after watching a movie in Saket had taken an auto-rickshaw to Munirka at 9.15 pm yesterday. From Munirka, they boarded a private bus for Mahipalpur. The bus had four passengers who reportedly started teasing the boy. An argument ensued, resulting in a fight and the boy was severely beaten. The four men then took the woman to the driver’s cabin and gang-raped her twice.
The boy’s uncle, D K Mishra, had told reporters that the couple was then stripped naked and their belongings were snatched away. Then the duo was thrown of the bus under the Mahipalpur flyover in an unconscious state. Chhaya Sharma said the site where the couple was dumped is close to the Gurgaon toll plaza. A call was made to the police police at 10.30 pm from there.
Police sources said the call was transferred to the Gurgaon police. They then informed their Delhi counterparts. The couple was taken to the Safdarjung Hospital by some people around 11 pm.
While the girl is battlling for her life, her friend was discharged from hospital. The victim remained unresponsive to treatment and is on the ventilator with serious injuries in her stomach and intestine.
The incident has triggered an outrage in the Capital. JNU students shouted slogans outside the station Vasant Vihar Police Station on Monday evening. A bigger protest is being planned by students, women rights organisations and local residents on Tuesday.