Delhi Gangrape:Injured male friend reaches court for justice

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New Delhi, Feb 5: 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim's male friend, who earlier had expressed his disappointment of failing to save her, now reached court to get justice for her. The friend, a software engineer by profession, arrived in the court on a wheelchair to testify as the main witness for the prosecution.

The victim, who is known as Amanat, was raped by six men in a moving bus and later was thrown out of the vehicle. She along with her friend had boarded the bus. The police said that the six accused allegedly had beaten him with an iron rod which caused serious injuries at his legs.

According to Delhi police, when he tried to stop the gang, they hit him repeatedly and forced him to the back of the bus before they took turns raping the student.

During an interview with Zee News, he was quoted as saying, "The occupants of the bus, which had tinted windows and curtains, had laid a trap for us. They were probably involved in crimes before also. They beat us up, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch."

During the interview, he also said, "The bus occupants had everything planned. Apart from the driver and the helper, others behaved like they were passengers. We even paid Rs 20 as fare. They then started teasing my friend and it led to a brawl. I beat three of them up but then the rest of them brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away."

"From where we boarded the bus, they moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights of the bus. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial the police control room number 100, but the accused snatched her mobile away," he said.

"Before throwing us off the bus, they snatched our mobiles and tore off our clothes in order to destroy any evidence of the crime," he added while speaking about the horrible day.

Later on while speaking about role of Delhi police, he said, "My friend was bleeding profusely; I was more concerned about her. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a hospital (Safdarjung) that was far away."

Amanat's friend along with three other persons will be testified in the fast track court in the national capital. Five among the six accused have been charged with several sections under Indian Penal Code (IPC). If found guilty, the five accused may face death penalty. However, the sixth accused will face a separate trial and has not been charge-sheeted. The Juvenile Justice Board has ruled that the six accused is a minor, hence he may escape from facing any severe punishment.

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