New Delhi: One person has been arrested in connection with the brutal gangrape of the 23-year-old para-medical student in a private chartered bus on Sunday night, the police confirmed on Tuesday. The arrested 32-year-old is the driver of the bus, Ram Singh. It was his brother Mukesh who was driving the bus at the time of the crime. He, along with four to five others have been detained and raids are on to arrest all the accused, sources added.
The girl was gangraped, brutally beaten, stripped and thrown out of the whiteline bus near Mahipalpur flyover along with her male friend, who managed to file a police complaint at around 1.15 am. The incident, according to reports, happened at 9.30 pm. The duo had boarded the bus from Munirka and were on their way to Palam, where the girl stays.
According to DCP South Chhaya Sharma, the bus was not in commercial use and it offered to drop the duo to Palam for Rs 10 each. "When they boarded the bus, there were a few other men as well in the vehicle. There was an argument between the male friend and others... As of now, we can confirm the involvement of four men. They beat them up brutally using iron rods," she said. She also said seven people appeared to be inside the bus but only four were involved in the incident.
The boy sustained serious injuries to his head and arm. The girl was operated upon on Monday. She is said to be in a critical condition and is currently on ventilator support in the ICU of Safdarjung hospital. Doctors say that she suffered serious intestinal damage and injuries to her face and abdomen.
This latest incident has provoked intense criticism of the government from the public. The student unions in Delhi are planning to hold protests against the rising incidents of violence against women and the shoddy investigations done by the police. Reacting to the incident, a member of the Aam Aadmi Party, Shazia Ilmi asked, "Is it the Taliban that women can't step out late?" "The government needs to do more to protect women," she added.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government, that came under fire after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that law and order was not in her hands, has indicated that it might set up fast track courts to ensure speedy justice to victims of such crimes. The Delhi Cabinet is expected to take up a proposal in this regard very soon, Dikshit's Parliamentary Secretary Mukesh Sharma said.