Confirming yet again its reputation for being the most unsafe city for women in India, Delhi witnessed yet another brutal gangrape on Sunday 16 December. A 23-year-old medical student was gangraped on a moving white line bus while travelling from Munirka to Uttam Nagar. The girl along with her male friend, who objected, were stripped and thrown off the bus at Mahipalpur in south Delhi. The friend works for a private firm.
The Delhi Police said Monday 17 December evening that it has rounded up four men who were involved in the gruesome crime. The chartered bus on which the girl was raped was also found in Noida.
On Sunday night the girl and the boy were reportedly returning home after watching a movie at Select City Walk in Saket, south Delhi. Five people who were in the bus started harassing the student. Her friend, who objected to their behaviour, was thrashed with an iron rod and assaulted. The bus staff was also allegedly involved in the incident.
The police arrived after the duo was thrown off the bus and raised an alarm. They were then taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre for medical assistance. The girl was later shifted to Safdarjung Hospital. While she is on a ventilator and critical; her friend is being treated for head injuries. The police have registered an FIR under section 376 at Vasant Vihar Police Station.
Stating that the license of the private bus operator had been cancelled, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Diksit said, “We will take stern measures to ensure such incidents aren’t repeated. The government will act tough and those behind the tragic incident will not be spared.”
Senior BJP leader VK Malhotra blaming the Congress government asked, “Sheila Dikshit is the chief minister; Sonia Gandhi is there at the Centre, Krishna Tirath is a minister, there is National Commission, but despite all this cases of rape are on the rise in Delhi. Why was action not initiated?”
National Commisison for Women Chairperson Mamta Sharma said, “The incident has taken place in a thickly populated area — Munirka to Mahipalpur. Due to the failure and carelessness of the police such an incident has occurred.” She said she will approach Delhi CM Shiela Dixit to ensure such incidents do not occur in the future. The police have detained four people and impounded four buses.