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India rape victim's friend recounts ordeal

NEW DELHI — The male friend of the woman who died after being gang raped and sexually assaulted with an iron rod on a moving private bus in New Delhi described the attack they suffered for the first time publicly in an interview broadcast Friday.

The details of the vicious attack and its aftermath provided by the man paint a bleak picture of India's capital city, one in which the assailants had laid a carefully planned trap and neither citizens nor police officials nor doctors rushed to help a naked, bleeding couple who were left on the side of a highway.

He told the Indian channel Zee News that the attack itself was well planned. "Apart from the driver and helper, others behaved like they were passengers," he said, until after they paid the 20-rupee fare and sat down, thinking they were boarding a public bus. "Then they started teasing my friend and the same led to a brawl," he said. "I beat three of them up but then the rest brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away."

It was two hours from the time the two were thrown from the bus until they were taken to the hospital. "We were without clothes," he said. "We tried to stop people passing by."

After 25 minutes someone called the police, he said. Then, after three police vans arrived, officers argued over who had jurisdiction, he said. He had to carry his friend into the police vehicle, he said, after the police refused because she was bleeding too much.

The Delhi police did not comment on the assertions.

The 23-year-old woman died last weekend. Authorities charged five men with her murder and rape, and are holding a sixth suspect thought to be a juvenile.

India rape victim's friend recounts ordeal 01/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 4, 2013 10:49pm]
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