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Six arrested in new rape of a bus passenger in India


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Police arrested six suspects on Saturday and were searching for another.—File Photo

NEW DELHI: Police said they arrested six men on Saturday in another gang rape of a bus passenger in India, four weeks after a deadly attack on a student on a moving bus in the capital outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws.

Police officer Raj Jeet Singh said a 29-year-old woman was the only passenger on a bus as she was traveling to her village in northern Punjab state on Friday night. He said the driver did not stop at her village despite her repeated pleas and drove her to a desolate location, where he and the conductor took her to a nearby building.

He said they were joined by five friends, and they took turns raping her throughout the night. The driver dropped the woman off at her village early Saturday, he said.

Singh said police arrested six suspects on Saturday and were searching for another.

The brutal rape of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus in December set off an impassioned debate about what India needs to do to prevent such tragedies.

Protesters and politicians have called for tougher rape laws, police reforms and a transformation in the way the country treats women.

In her first published comments Sunday, the mother of the deceased student said all six suspects in that case, including one believed to be a juvenile, deserve to die.

She was quoted by The Times of India newspaper as saying that her daughter told her that the youngest suspect had participated in the most brutal aspects of the rape.

Five men have been charged with the student's rape and murder and face a possible death penalty if convicted. The sixth suspect, who says he is 17 years old, is likely to be tried in a juvenile court if medical tests confirm he is a minor. His maximum sentence would be three years in a reform facility.

''Now the only thing that will satisfy us is to see them punished. For what they did to her, they deserve to die,'' the newspaper quoted the mother as saying.

Some activists have demanded a change in Indian laws so that juveniles committing heinous crimes can face the death penalty.

The names of the victim of the Dec 16 attack and her family have not been released.

The physiotherapy student died from massive internal injuries in a Singapore hospital where she was sent for emergency treatment.

Comments (6) Closed

Ankahi Baatein Jan 13, 2013 02:38pm
The rapists deserve nothing less than a death penalty for their barbaric crime! Only quick and drastic actions can stop this inhuman crime against women to be repeated again and again.
RC Jan 13, 2013 05:40pm
Indians should pay attention to such issues to improve the women situation in their country, rather than crying about Pakistan all the time and mentally diseasing their masses with war hysteria against Pakistan.
BEA Jan 14, 2013 11:01pm
But who is going to stop this the Gov is not they are sitting on there hands doing nothing. after all the protests when the young girl died they all came out and said how bad it all was,they will bring in laws to put a stop to it what a bunch of lies.
BEA Jan 14, 2013 10:57pm
So nothing has changed has it really that poor girl died for nothing then because the men in India are still doing whatever they want and no politition has stopped this its a shame wake up India, what are the politicions doing they are starting a war with Pakistan sort out your country first where young women cannot even get on a bus with out being raped and killed.
Ankahi Baatein Jan 14, 2013 08:27pm
This is not about the differences between India and Pakistan! This is something about humanity! Such beastly acts should be condemned vehemently, whether they are committed in India or Pakistan!
anony Jan 14, 2013 02:15am
I totally agree.