The gang-rape on a bus that sickened India



An Indian protester holds a placard during a protest against a gang rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, Thursday. AP

NEW DELHI—After spending her evening watching “Life of Pi” in a New Delhi mall, the 23-year-old student and her male companion were looking for a quick lift home when a bus with tinted windows pulled over.

The pair were then subjected to a catalogue of violence and sexual depravity which has evoked comparisons with Anthony Burgess’s novel “A Clockwork Orange” and brought simmering anger over the plight of women to the boil across India.

The Indian news channel NDTV greeted news of her death in the early hours of Saturday in a Singapore hospital with the banner headline “RIP: India’s Daughter”, in a reflection of how her plight had moved the nation.

Ever since she was attacked on the night of December 16, the country’s leaders have lined up to offer their prayers and condemn the attack as well as paying for her treatment in Singapore.

Although the identity of the young woman has not yet been released, reports have said she was a medical student who hailed from a rural area of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state which borders the capital New Delhi.

Her parents, who had travelled to Singapore after she was flown out by air ambulance on Wednesday night, are said to have sold their small piece of land in order to fund their daughter’s education, often limiting their own meals to little more than rotis with namak (bread with salt), according to NDTV.

“These are simple, rustic people, who have never dreamt of boarding an aircraft, much less travel to a foreign country in an air ambulance,” a source at the hospital told Singapore’s Straits Times after meeting her relatives.

Before flying out to Singapore, the woman had managed to give an interview to police at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital about the events on the night of her attack.

Police and prosecutors have outlined how six men picked the pair up outside the mall in a school bus which they had taken for a joyride after drinking heavily.

Even before they stopped outside the mall, they had allegedly picked up another passenger and then forced him to hand over the contents of his wallet.

After getting into an argument with the woman’s male companion, the group are then alleged to have lashed out at the pair before taking turns to rape the woman in the back of the bus while driving around Delhi for some 45 minutes.

They also sexually assaulted the woman with a rusting metal bar, leaving her with severe intestinal injuries, before hurling her out of the vehicle.

The bus would have had to cross numerous police checkpoints at that time of night but at no stage was the vehicle pulled over by officers.

After news of the attack emerged, small-scale protests quickly swelled and were then repeated across the country — fuelled in part by anger at the police’s use of teargas and water cannon.

The Indian government has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate what mistakes were made on the night of the attack and in its aftermath.

But in an address to chief ministers from the country’s states who gathered in New Delhi on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged that it was far from an isolated event.

“We must reflect on this problem, which occurs in all states and regions. It requires greater attention by the central government and states,” he said.

Gang-rapes happen on such a regular basis that they are rarely reported in the Indian press although the attack in Delhi has led papers to shine a rare spotlight on such attacks.

On Thursday night, it emerged that a 17-year-old girl had committed suicide after police allegedly tried to persuade her to drop a complaint of gang-rape and instead either accept a cash settlement or even marry one of her attackers.

After quoting from the infamous gang-rape scene in Burgess’s novel, a columnist for The Hindu wrote this week that “few Indians will need a dictionary of the teenage slang Burgess invented to grasp the horror of this passage”.

“For progress to be made, we must begin by acknowledging this one fact: the problem isn’t the police, the courts or the government. The problem is us,” wrote Praveen Swami.

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  • Carmencita Lopez

    mga bombay, mga sakim at hayop yan sila.
    dapat alipin pa sana ng britanya.
    korap ang gobyerno nila.
    sali pa ang pulisya.

    mga rapist
    mga manyakis
    payb six

  • binatangtagabukid

    hindi kc kumakain ng karne kaya mga hayup sa laman…

  • beerhunters

    I thought hindu faith teaches non-violence, but it is no better than Islam that relegate women as good only for the kitchen and the bedroom, to be impregnated regularly!!

    • Guest

      Also Catholicism “relegate[s] women as good only for the kitchen and the bedroom, to be impregnated regularly!!”

      • Mita

        Also you are obviously anti-Catholic, biased and therefore, not credible.

  • julymorning


  • Edgardo Mendoza

    malalakas ang amoy ng kilikili!!

  • Mita

    Mas masuwerte pa rin mga Pinay.  At least dito, binibigyan ng pansin ang mga rape complaint.  Sa India pala hindi man lang pinapaniwalaan ang babae kahit i-gang-rape na siya hanggang mamatay.

    • Guest

       Rape complaint against raping priests (of course not all are that) don’t get any attention.

      • Mita

        In 5 minutes of Google search, I’ve come across at least 4 cases of nationally publicized rape complaints against priests filed in various RTCs in the past 2 years.

  • beerhunters

    where are those days of “Don Juan” that every man dreams of, when the woman goes willingly and the man never tells?? The art of Courtship in this age is missing!!

  • Olibo

    Kahit saang gubat me ahas, pero ang mga hayup na ito ay masahol pa sa mga cannibals.

  • Whoopigsooee

    Wow, we Filipinos take the most trivial, most innocent criticisms against us by non-Filipinos and label them racist, and yet the comments here so far show that we are even worse than these so-called racists. There are good Indian folks and bad Indian folks, much like there are a lot of good Filipinos and a lot of bad Filipinos. It’s embarrassing to see how ignorant a lot of the comments here are so far. Nakakahiya.

    • shots_fired

      Bad comments are already considered as being racist?

  • superpilipinas

    I can already predict that rape cases will definitely rise in the Philippines starting 2013. Everyone would already know the cause but the government will deny it and point it to another reason. 

  • shots_fired

    And the best rapist of the year award goes to. . .INDIA!!!

    • Guest

       No, it goes to the Roman Catholic Church.

      • shots_fired

        Your right . .

  • $5699914


    Noong 1990’s, ang namumuno sa isang mataas na opisina ay may kapatid naman ay Senador (na may asawang Indian national), may isang babaeng scholar galing Pilipinas, ipinadala sa India. Scientist yata itong babae. Ang tatay, isang judge na matino, ang kapatid ay isang dentista na mabait….
    Tinangka (o naganap yata ng tuluyan) gahasain ang babae, tapos inihulog mula sa itaas ng buidling….nasawi ang babae….

    Hndi kumilos ang gobyerno…sinabi na nagpakamatay lang yung babae….nung tinangka ng pamilya ng babae na ituloy ang kaso, kinidnap ang kapatid na lalaki, muntik ng mapatay (mabuti nakaligtas)….ang tumira? ang suspetsa ng pamilya ay mga tauhan ng isang congressman na malaki ang mga taenga, upang maprotektahan ang isang namumuno sa mataas na upuan na may bayaw na Indiano (maaapektuhan yata yung mga koneksiyon ng Indiano sa India at sa Pilipinas kapag natuloy ang kaso, diplomatic protest ang mangyayari)…

    Ngayon, sa balitang ito sa India, hindi ako magtataka kung bakit nagagalit ang mga tao…ito ay sa kadahilanang ang rape ay tila isang pangkaraniwan na lang at ang mga nasa panunungkulan ay bingi sa mga hinihinging kalinga’t proteksiyon ng mga tao laban sa mga hayop na uhaw sa laman….

  • Guest

    Well, the Filipino people is gang-raped by its politicians and nobody seems to be caring or even bothering.

    • Komen To

      Perfect. Hahaha

  • Angelito Santos

    kung sa saudi nangyari ito, putol ulo ng mga gagong rapist na ito

  • Banana Na

    india has also a sick government that cannot even decides what is wrong and right…hirap intindihin ang government nila…mga movies nila na napapanood ko ay kadalasan comedy pa naman…

  • Mabuhay

    ano ba talaga edad nung girl 23 or 17? …o 2 girls ang pinag uusapan dito?……ang labo ng news……

    • Mary Ann Alvarez

      yung namatay 23 yung medical student yung 17 yung nag suicide kasi gusto pinipilit ng mga police na magpakasal na lng sa isang attacker nya

  • Mabuhay

    Mr. Patas si Sen Santanina Razul at De Vencia ba yang blind item mo…..? nag blind item ka pa e di ka naman kilala…..alias lang yang Patas mo….

  • peach black

    pero kung makita nyo lang censorship request nila sa mga pelikulang ipinadadala namin sa kanila mabibilaukan kayo sa katatawa. . . bawal maghalikan kahit smack lang sa pisngi, bawal magsuot ng shorts kahit nassa beach. . . tapos ganyan pala. mga ipikrito. they think rape is caused by watching kissing scenes.

    • Mary Ann Alvarez

      yun na nga ang problema ng sikil ,conservative kuno..silang sila namn ang may grabeng sexual fantasies….pwe…

  • Komen To

    When all the tambays, taong grasa and the addicts in your corner get free condoms and pills from RH bill, don’t you think this thing is far from happening in this country? I pray that they won’t

  • Mary Ann Alvarez


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