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Dec 18, 2012 at 11:41am IST

Delhi: Student critical after being gangraped in bus, stripped, thrown out with friend

New Delhi: In yet another incident of violence against women, a para-medical student was allegedly gangraped by around five men in a private bus in the Vasant Vihar area of southwest Delhi. The girl, who hails from Dehra Dun and was interning with a hospital in Delhi, is in a critical condition and is in the ICU at Safdarjung Hospital.

The duo had boarded the bus along with her male friend from Munirka on Sunday night and were on their way to Palam, when the incident happened near Mahipalpur.

Following the assault, the victim and her friend were stripped and thrown off the bus near the Mahipalpur flyover, however, not before the boy, who works with a software company and is preparing for the civil services, was brutally beaten up. He suffered serious head and arm injuries.

According to the police, seven men were present in the bus at the time of crime. The boy then lodged a complaint at the Vasant Vihar police station at 1.15 am.

The police have rounded up 24 people in connection with the case and interrogations are on. The 24 men are white line bus drivers and conductors. The police is also scanning CCTV footages from nearby hotels and petrol pumps.

National Commission for Women Chairperson Mamata Sharma has demanded a probe. "The point is that the area where this incident took place is densely populated. They brutally hit the boy and then raped the girl. The alertness of the Delhi Police is questionable. I will go tomorrow and meet the victim, and write to Sheila Dikshit. The police knows it all, how to react and take an action."

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit responded saying the law and order in Delhi was not in her hands. However, later on, the CM assured action. "White-line buses are not allowed to ply on the roads. We will take strict action," she said. "I have been informed that state transport department had cancelled the license of white line bus. We will take strongest action possible in the case so that this thing can't happen in future," she added.

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