New Delhi rapists tried to 'run over victim'
Updated: 2013-01-03 07:57
By Abhaya Srivastava in New Delhi (China Daily)
A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi last month tried to run her over after the attack which left her fatally injured, reports said on Wednesday, citing a police account of the incident.
Her boyfriend, who was beaten up and thrown off the bus after the woman had been repeatedly raped, managed to pull her to safety just in time, police are set to allege in a 1,000-page charge sheet to be presented in court on Thursday.
The 23-year-old female medical student, whose ordeal has brought simmering anger about widespread sex crime in India to the boil, bit three of her attackers as she attempted to fight them off, local newspapers and TV reports said.
These injuries on the suspects, as well as forensic evidence such as blood, semen and hair samples and the testimony of the injured boyfriend, are expected to form the main evidence against the accused, reports and police sources said.
Five men have been arrested and are expected on Thursday to formally face murder and rape charges in a fast-track court set up to try them.
India's Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Tuesday that the suspects risked the death penalty if found guilty and the case against them appeared very strong.
A sixth suspect is thought to be 17 years old, meaning he would face a juveniles' court, but he is undergoing a bone test to determine his age, a spokesman in the Delhi police control room said on Wednesday.
"The woman and her friend were stripped and thrown out of the bus," The Indian Express reported on Tuesday. "Her friend pulled her away when he saw the bus reversing to run her over."
The Times of India newspaper said the charge sheet was likely to begin with details on how the driver of the private vehicle, who allegedly took part in the rape, got his group of friends together and set out for a joyride.
One of the charges against the accused relates to the destruction of evidence, the paper said, since the driver had tried to wash the bus and had burned the clothes that were snatched from the victim.
The woman died over the weekend after a 13-day struggle to survive injuries so grievous that her intestines had to be removed. She also underwent three major surgeries and suffered a cardiac arrest before being flown to Singapore.
The brutality and horrific nature of the attack has led to protests in the capital and elsewhere, and has prompted calls for the death penalty for the rapists.
(China Daily 01/03/2013 page4)