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Sep 10, 2013 at 08:39am IST

Delhi gangrape: What happened on the night of December 16, 2012

New Delhi: It's judgement day for the four accused in the Delhi gangrape case that sparked nationwide protests and forced the government into enacting a stringent anti-rape law. On the night of December 16, 2012 a brutal gangrape took place in a moving bus on the streets of Delhi. It was a crime that shocked the nation because of the sheer brutality of the crime.

On December 16, 2012 at 8.30 pm, a 23-year-old medical student stepped out of a South Delhi mall after watching a film with a friend and the two first took an autorickshaw. At 9 pm, they boarded a private licenced bus.

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Some time later, the bus diverted from its normal route and six men ganged up on the 23-year-old after beating up her friend. She fought back, but was repeatedly sexually assaulted and her abdomen and private parts were badly beaten. At 10 pm, she was stripped naked and was thrown off the bus.

For the next 25 minutes the Delhi braveheart and her male friend kept begging for help from the passersby. It was only around 10:30 pm that a PCR van reached them after receiving a call from a passerby. By the time the PCR van arrived, two of them were surrounded by locals but none of them gave a helping hand.

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The bus was located with help of CCTV footage and the police was swift to nab the accused. The bus driver Ram Singh, was arrested on December 17. Ram Singh's brother Mukesh, fruit-seller Pawan and Vinay, helper at a local gym, were arrested on December 18. Akshay, the bus cleaner, was found in Bihar on December 21 and the juvenile offender, also a bus cleaner, was located on December 21.

The stage was set for a landmark trial and the nation now awaits the verdict.

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