21 Dec 2012

Fifth man arrested after gang rape on Indian bus

A gang rape in India sparks outage as a fifth person is arrested in connection with the attack on a young woman as she travelled on a bus in Delhi.

The assault on the 23-year-old woman, whose male companion was also beaten, was so severe that she is still in a critical condition in hospital. One of those arrested is the bus driver.

Since the attack on Sunday there have been calls for action from the government which has now announced a series of measures intended to make Delhi safer for women.

Ban tinted windows

They include more police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and their assistants and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains.

Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar said: “The fifth accused has been arrested in the rape case. His age is being verified before giving details. If [he is a] minor, we have to hold back his particulars as per law.”

Police said the woman and her friend boarded the bus in the Munirka area and were on their way to Dwarka in south-west Delhi after watching a film in a shopping centre in south Delhi.

Beaten and stripped

The student and the friend she was travelling with were beaten, stripped and thrown out of the bus in the attack. The woman has undergone two rounds of surgery since Sunday and remains on life support at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital.

Death penalty

MPs have called for the death penalty for the rapists, and protests and candle-lit vigils have been held in the capital and elsewhere in India.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau there is a rape in India every 22 minutes and in New Delhi there have been more than 600 reports of rape in this year alone.