New Delhi: Delhi reinforced its reputation as one of the country’s most unsafe cities when a young woman was allegedly raped by five men in a moving bus last night. The woman, 23, and her friend were then thrown off the bus, semi-naked, at a flyover. The victim is at the Safdarjung Hospital in critical condition.
The uncle of the man accompanying the victim said they had boarded a whiteline private bus at around 11 pm from Munirka in south Delhi to go to Palam, where she lives. The whiteline buses ply for schools, offices and also as chartered buses in the Capital. About 10 minutes later, a few people on the bus began harassing her, he said, and when her friend objected they allegedly beat him up. “They took out a rod and beat him badly and then dragged her to the bus cabin where they raped her,” the uncle said.
The men then allegedly took off much of the victims’ clothing and threw them off the moving bus near the Mahipalpur flyover in south Delhi. The woman is a student of medicine in Delhi University. Her friend, who used to work in a software firm, was escorting her home after watching a film at the Select City Walk mall in Saket. They had taken an auto from there till Munirka.
The police said they received a phone call at 1:15 am about the incident. A first information report or FIR has been lodged.
The male friend of the victim is at the Vasant Vihar police station. The police said it was not clear yet whether the five assailants were passengers or bus staff.
No arrests have been made so far; the police have seized two buses and are checking to see if either is the one that the woman was raped in last night. They are also creating sketches of the accused based of the friend’s description and are monitoring CCTV
No arrests have been made so far; the police have seized two buses and are checking to see if either is the one that the woman was raped in last night.