New Delhi, Dec 23: The 23-year-old paramedical student who was sexually assaulted by six men in a moving bus here on Dec 16 has told the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) that all the culprits were involved in the gang-rape.
This is very significant as till now the Delhi Police were averring that only four of the accused had raped her. It is noteworthy that the victim's male friend had earlier narrated a similar version of events.
The victim stated that she and her friend "took the auto rickshaw till the DDA Munirka Bus Stop because the driver refused to ferry us till Uttam Nagar" and waited for a bus. "When the bus with the men came, we boarded it. Minutes later, the men on it first passed a remark at my friend before passing a lewd comment at me," she said.
The victim was only able to whisper due to her serious condition but she gave details of how the accused had beaten up both her friend and her with an iron rod.
"After their attack, all six men took turns to sexually assault me. They threw us on the side of the road where I then fainted," the victim recounted. Her family members stood by the bedside while she recorded the statement before the SDM (east Delhi) Usha Chaturvedi on Dec 21.
Doctors at Safdarjung hospital said today that the victim has been put on the ventilator again as she faces some respiratory problems. Though her fluctuating health condition has been a constant source of worry for the doctors over the last five days, the patient's state of mind has amazed them.
"She is psychologically totally composed and balanced. She is very brave and optimistic about having a good future. There is no signs of sadness or grief," psychiatrists at the hospital informed newspersons yesterday.
The protests which were triggered by her brutal gang-rape continued to intensify with hundreds of activists thronging central Delhi. India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Raisina Hill and Rapath witnessed peaceful demonstrations as well as several unruly scenes today.
The protesters are apparently not convinced by the government's assurance that the case will be tried in a fast track court. The Centre has also promised that a Commission of Enquiry will be set up but the main demand for stringent action against the culprits is yet to be heeded.