Passenger cars and buses: safe havens for perpetrators of rape in India
In a barbaric incident of violence against women, a 23 year old para medical student from Uttarakand travelling in a bus was gangraped and violated in unimaginable ways. Today, she is on the brink of death. Her only fault, if any, was to trust the transport system. Traveling through the streets of Mahipalpur in South Delhi, the girl was gang raped inside the vehicle while here male friend while her male friend was attacked and thrown off the bus. The duo was travelling to Dwarka from Munirka when the girl was attacked and was then thrown off the bus near the Mahipalpur flyover.
After raising an alarm, the two were shifted to AIIMS trauma Centre after which the girl was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital as her condition was said to be critical. The rapists are all in custody, and an enquiry is on. The girl is a medical student in DehraDun and was in the city for her internship. Her friend, working with a software company is preparing for the civil services. He was brutally beaten up and has suffered serious head and arm injuries.
The past few days may have shocked most but not those who are on the prowl. In Chhattisgarh, a police officer has been suspended for refusing to register a rape complaint from a victim who had been attacked by a driver. This week, a woman was gang raped by three men in a car, again enroute to Delhi. The pattern largely remains similar. Vehicles as safe heavens for perpetrators of rape. Of course police apathy, adds to problems. In Kolkata, a 40 year old woman was sexually assaulted on a bus. In this case, good Samaritans caught the criminal and handed him over to the police, and yet he escaped. The cops now have no clue about the accused, and in fact, were unwilling to file a rape case, preferring to register a case of molestation.