A 23-year-old woman was battling for her life yesterday after a bunch of men raped her in a moving bus and threw her out on the road, along with her badly beaten boyfriend.
While the 28-year-old boyfriend was discharged from hospital last morning, the young woman, whose name is being withheld, was on ventilator at the Safdarjung Hospital with life threatening injuries. “The patient is critical,” said hospital spokesman SN Makwana.
Police said the horrific attack took place when the couple reached Munirka in south Delhi around 9.15 pm on Sunday after watching a movie and boarded a stationary bus to go to Dwarka.
Around five to seven men in the bus, including the driver and conductor, allegedly misbehaved with the woman. When the boyfriend intervened, he was beaten up. She was then sexually assaulted in the moving bus. The woman’s ordeal, a police officer said, lasted for 45 minutes.
Both victims were pushed out of the bus at Mahipalpur in south Delhi after their mobile phones were snatched. A police vehicle rushed them to hospital past midnight after being tipped off by a toll plaza patrol that a young man and a young woman were sprawled by the roadside.
Deepak Tripathi, the anguished uncle of the young man, said, “When my nephew tried to save the girl, he was beaten with iron rods. The girl was then gang-raped.”
The young woman, who belongs to Ballia in UP, was interning at a hospital for a few months. Her friend has completed his B-Tech from Meerut and was preparing for the civil services examination.
Delhi police have arrested the prime accused, the bus driver. According to the police, along with the driver of the bus — Ram Singh — five more men were involved in the crime.
Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit expressed her disgust over the incident even as police detained four suspects for the crime and said they were looking for other accomplices. She pledged “strict action” against the attackers.
The transport department has cancelled the licence of the private bus, Dikshit said. Mamta Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women, said she was aghast. “If an incident like this can take place in a thickly populated area like Munirka, it shows the police are not alert.”