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Male Friend of India Gang Rape Victim Speaks For First time, Directly Contradicts Police Account

It’s likely the graphic television interview will ignite more anger in a country which has seen daily protests since news of the attack emerged and tapped into a groundswell of fury about an endemic problem of inadequately dealt with sex crimes against women

The male companion of the Indian gang rape victim who later died, has spoken publicly about how he tried in vain to save his female friend to stop the “cruelty that should never be seen.”

In a first time interview on Zee News, an Indian television channel, the 28-year-old software firm employee (who was not named), described the December 16 attack — in which six men gang raped a 23-year-old medical student, then beat both of them with iron bars — before stripping and throwing the pair off the bus they had boarded.

The man and the female victim were attacked after a trip to watch a film in New Delhi, Yahoo News reports.

In a harrowing account, the man said:

“The occupants of the bus, which had tinted windows and curtains, had laid a trap for us. They were probably involved in crimes before also. They beat us up, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch.”

He added:

“The bus occupants had everything planned. Apart from the driver and the helper, others behaved like they were passengers. We even paid 20 (rupees) as fare. They then started teasing my friend and it led to a brawl. I beat three of them up but then the rest of them brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away.”

“From where we boarded the bus, they moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights of the bus. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial the police control room number 100, but the accused snatched her mobile away.”

It's likely Pandey's graphic account will ignite more anger in a country which has seen daily protests since news of the attack emerged, and tapped into a groundswell of fury about an endemic problem of inadequately dealt with sex crimes against women.

After that the “driver and the other men raped my friend and hit her in the worst possible ways in the most private parts of her body,” said the witness. He added, “I cannot tell you what I feel when I think of it. I shiver in pain,” Yahoo News reports.

That violation, in fact, caused catastrophic internal injuries that contributed to the young woman’s later death in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

Recalling the events after the nearly two and a half-hour attack, the man spoke damningly of the couple’s treatment by passers-by, the police, and the hospital they were eventually taken to.

After they were thrown off the still moving bus by their attackers, he said passers-by gathered round and stared at the pair as they lay bleeding and naked on the street but nobody helped.

He told Zee News,”before the police came I screamed for help but the auto rickshaws, cars and others passing by did not stop.”

According to The Guardian, three police vans arrived 45 minutes later.

The friend said: “we kept shouting at the police, ‘please give us some clothes’ but they were busy deciding which police station our case should be registered at. It took an hour and a half for us to be taken to hospital.”

He later revealed that he had to carry his bleeding friend to the police van himself since “the policemen didn’t help us … they were probably worried about their clothes,” the LA Times reports.

Despite asking that the police cover his friend, the man said they were eventually offered a bed sheet by the police only after repeated requests.

The horror of the situation was made worse at the hospital. The pair were made to wait for treatment and the man said he “had to literally beg for clothes,” notes the LA Times.

It’s likely this latest graphic account will ignite more anger in a country which has seen daily protests since news of the attack emerged, and tapped into a groundswell of fury about an endemic problem of inadequately dealt with sex crimes against women.

It's likely Pandey's graphic account will ignite more anger in a country which has seen daily protests since news of the attack emerged, and tapped into a groundswell of fury about an endemic problem of inadequately dealt with sex crimes against women.

Ongoing investigations into the way the incident was dealt with by police will no doubt analyse previous statements by Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.

According to The Guardian, Bhagat told Reuters that GPS records showed the first police van reached the scene four minutes after it was called. He said it took the man and the woman to hospital within 24 minutes.

The witness’ account directly contradicts statements Delhi police made about their response to the gang rape attack.

Since the attack, five men were charged with gang rape and murder on Thursday. A court is due to consider the charges on Saturday. One of the attackers is believed to be a juvenile aged 17, said Yahoo News.

The victim’s family and protesters have called for all the rape suspects to be hanged. Other interested lobbies are also calling for far-reaching changes in the way rape victims are treated when they report a crime.

National crime records show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded in India last year were against women and rape cases more than doubled between 1990 and 2008.

After the interview was aired, New Delhi police said they would sue Zee News under an Indian criminal code that protects the anonymity of victims of offences such as rape, LiveMint and The Wall Street Journal report.

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7 Responses to “Male Friend of India Gang Rape Victim Speaks For First time, Directly Contradicts Police Account”

  1. Satish Chandra

    The Delhi gang rape case is simply a manifestation of the Anglo-American rape of India and the solution for this and all of India's problems is in the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India. I have shown how India can do that and India's nuclear forces have followed my advice and prepared themselves to do that: NuclearSupremacyForIndiaOverUSDOTblogspotDOTcom. Satish Chandra

  2. Satish Chandra

    In saying that the rise in incidents of rapes and gang rapes in India is a product of Westernization, the RSS chief was saying what I said two decades ago in a letter in Boston Globe, in response to an editorial about the rise in the number of dowry deaths in India, which was close to the following: 'that the editorial correctly notes that such incidents are increasing in number and they usually involve demands by the victim's in-laws for Western – style consumer goods — cars, VCRs, etc. — but that this is a consequence of contact with the West. It was to ward off evils such as consumerism that as recently as the turn of the century travel by Indians to foreign lands was considered polluting and was forbidden. Both the young Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were required to do penance and undergo purification before being allowed back into society on their return from England, though only Gandhi complied. While Gandhi led a mass movement to shun Western goods which he ritually burned in bonfires, the more modern Nehru pushed India toward Western-style industrialism and materialism. / In India's dowry deaths, the in-laws become involved because of the family system but my guess is that, overall, violence — including violence against women — exists at considerably higher levels in the modern West. The flames that burn India's brides are the same that burned Kuwaiti oil wells and Iraqi children and they originate in the West.'

    While Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes women have been subject to occasional sexual exploitation in the past also, the RSS chief's point was that the occurrence of rapes and gang rapes of upper caste women is a product of Westernization. When Abhishek Singhvi, as chairman of parliament's committee on Law and Justice, had a senior lady lawyer perform oral sex on him to be appointed to a High Court or Supreme Court judgeship, he was following an American custom of requiring sex from women before being given a job — the kind of thing Indian members of parliament are sent to Yale University to learn. After I wrote about the trafficking of Indian children to white countries to be used as food — RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom — a report in daily.bhaskar.com of February 20, 2012 ( http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/UP-another-horror-nithari-like-vampires-exposed-in-meerut-2878885.html?HT4=&msg=476057 ) said "locals have busted a 150-member gang, which allegedly used to slaugther abducted children, roast their bodies and eat them after failing to strike a handsome deal with child traffickers…. During interrogation, the youth, identified as Amarjeet, has disclosed he is a member of a child trafficking gang and is paid Rs 10,000 to kidnap children on board trains in Delhi and Haryana. / The police were left aghast when Amarjeet confessed that gang members cut abducted children into pieces, roast their bodies and eat them after failing to strike a handsome deal with child traffickers, IG, Meerut range, Rajiv Krishna said. / The accused has also confessed to abducting a large number of children from nearby areas and selling them to child traffickers in Delhi and Haryana, Krishna said." I wrote: "these traffickers, who are Hindus from the heart of India's heartland, have adopted the practice of eating the children they cannot sell at a good price. This would be similar to Indians working in call centers serving Americans adopting, along with American accents, American-like sex and drug practices."

    The Delhi gang rape case is simply a manifestation of the Anglo-American rape of India and the solution for this and all of India's problems is in the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India. I have shown how India can do that and India's nuclear forces have followed my advice and prepared themselves to do that: NuclearSupremacyForIndiaOverUSDOTblogspotDOTcom.

    Satish Chandra

  3. David Kesterson

    You are so wrong. If your people can't control themselves that is their problem. Quti blaming the actions of cowards on other and accept the facts that people of India are not perfect angels. Quit blaming the whites, the blacks, the Asians just admit your country is at fault for all their own problems and not from the outside world. Be a man.

  4. David Kesterson

    You are the problem of your countrymen. You want to point fingers and blame other countries, other people, other goverments when in fact the people of India are responsible for their own actions. They have let rapist and men treat women as second class citizens. I see the goverment of India turning a blind eye to the mistreatment of women for centuries. Satish you sit in your arm chair stirring up trouble and act like you have the answers to all of India's problems. Personally I think your full of yourself.