Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 01, 2013
First Published: 21:59 IST(1/1/2013)
Last Updated: 01:47 IST(2/1/2013)
A protester holds a plas she takes part in a protest to mourn the death of a gang-raped student, in Mumbai. (AFP Photo)
The five men and their juvenile accomplice had threatened to crush the 23-year-old physiotherapist and her companion under the bus if she didn’t keep still as they ravaged her. Not only this, they even tried to run them over but failed. Sources said the gang of beasts was under the misapprehension that the couple was dead when they dumped them below the Mahipalpur flyover.
“They were so certain of their anonymity that they had decided to strip the couple before dumping them. They thought that whoever discovered their bodies will think the couple committed suicide or was responsible for their respective deaths,” said an officer.
According to sources, the beating of the couple began just three to four minutes after the juvenile coaxed them on board the bus around 9.30pm, claiming it was a chartered heading to the Palam area.
The vehicle had then started moving on a different route, which had made the victim’s companion apprehensive. Moreover, the rapists had shut the only functional door of the bus. “When he objected, Ram Singh, the first of the gang to rape the woman, passed a lewd comment which triggered an altercation,” the officer said.
The first one to start fighting with her companion was the juvenile before Singh came to his rescue and attacked the man on his head with a blunt iron rod, which was later used to brutalise the woman. The police have also mentioned in their chargesheet that Akshay and the juvenile took her to the back of the bus where they waited till Singh returned to rape her.
“They were referring to each other by their first names which got etched in the victim’s mind. She was able to recall them as soon as she began communicating with us,” the officer said. The police also have forensic proof — strands of Ram Singh’s skin and hair — recovered from her nails. Three of them also got bite marks from the woman when she put up a fight.
They have recovered the CCTV footage from Select Citywalk Mall in south Delhi which has established that the gang was within its vicinity from 5.30 to 8.30 pm that day.
The police have also filed a case of forgery against Dinesh Yadav, the owner of the bus on which the rape took place.