23-year-old phys­io­ther­a­pist gan­graped in Delhi bus, crit­i­cal

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NEW DELHI: Late Mon­day, po­lice ar­rested the main ac­cused in the Cap­i­tal’s lat­est rape case even as the vic­tim strug­gled for her life — with at­tend­ing doc­tors claim­ing they had never seen a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault sub­jected to “such bru­tal­ity”.

The 23-year-old had been raped in a mov­ing bus by four peo­ple for about 25 min­utes on Sun­day night, and doc­tors who at­tended on her said she seemed to have been beaten with a blunt ob­ject and sus­tained in­juries to the stom­ach and in­tes­tine.

The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Ram Singh, 30, was driv­ing the bus which he uses to ferry stu­dents of a prom­i­nent school in Pushp Vi­har as well as Noida.

Po­lice also ar­rested Mukesh, who was an ac­com­plice.

“This is not only an an­i­mal­is­tic act, but in the past 20 years I have spent in this pro­fes­sion I have never seen a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault be­ing sub­jected to such bru­tal­ity,” said a se­nior doc­tor at Saf­dur­jung Hospi­tal where the vic­tim was ad­mit­ted.

Ch­haya Sharma, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south) said seven peo­ple had been de­tained for ques­tion­ing.

The vic­tim, a phys­io­ther­a­pist from Ut­tam Na­gar and her friend, a 28-year-old soft­ware en­gi­neer, had gone to the Se­lect Ci­ty­walk mall in Saket to catch a movie.

By the time the show was over, it was past 8pm and the cou­ple took an au­torick­shaw to the DDA Mu­nirka bus stop on Outer Ring Road.

Af­ter wait­ing for more than half an hour, the two de­cided to board a lux­ury bus en route Dwarka and Palam Vil­lage. No sooner than they boarded the bus that one of the seven oc­cu­pants made a lewd com­ment.

The vic­tim, in the mean­time, was forced into the driver’s cabin, where the men took turns to rape her. The bus, mean­while, cir­cled the Mahipalpur fly­over thrice be­fore dump­ing them.

Later, the girl and the boy were thrown out at a toll plaza on NH8 near the Mahipalpur fly­over.

A high­way pa­trol team dis­cov­ered the un­con­scious cou­ple bereft of cloth­ing at 10.15pm. They were even­tu­ally taken to Saf­dar­jung Hospi­tal by po­lice.

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