Gang-rape horror in Delhi: Girl fights for life

Incident raises concern for safety of women in Indian capital

NEW DELHI: Indian police were searching New Delhi Monday for the men who gang-raped a 23-old-student and threw her off a bus in an attack that has sparked fresh concern for the safety of women in the city.

The woman accompanied by a male friend boarded a bus on Sunday night and was attacked by at least four men and gang-raped, police said.

Some media reports said the attackers also included staff of the bus.

The victim's companion was battered with iron rods before the men took turns and raped her, police officials said.

The couple were then thrown off the moving bus, seriously injuring the woman, they said.

"When they boarded the bus, there were a few other men as well in the vehicle," area police chief Chhaya Sharma told reporters.

"As of now, we can confirm the involvement of four men," she said, adding police artists have drawn sketches of the attackers from descriptions given by the victims.

Sharma said the female victim was in intensive care in a city hospital where her companion is also being treated.

The attack sparked new calls for greater security for women in New Delhi, which registered 568 rapes in 2011 compared to 218 in India's financial capital Mumbai the same year.

"This is a shocking incident. I hope that the guilty are punished for the heinous crime," said Kiran Walia, women and child development minister in the Delhi state government.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit promised "precautions" to prevent such attacks in the future but did not elaborate.

New Delhi's shiny new metro has reserved a carriage in every train for woman while several police stations in university and other areas have all-female staff to try and stem rising crime against women.

Rape cases in India more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, according to official data. (AFP)
 
Man asks 'drunk neighbour' to behave, gets killed

INDIA: Little did a 53-year-old man realise that when he tried to cool his drunk neighbour down, he would pay for the gesture with his life.

The victim was mowed down by the drunken neighbour's SUV in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, reports NDTV while quoting PTI.

The man in an intoxicated state was shouting on the street loudly which kept the neighbours awake in the early hours. The man was enraged when he was asked to behave himself and he took the extreme step of killing his neighbour who had simply requested for decent conduct.

(Home page image courtesy Shutterstock)

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