Passers-by left the gang-raped Delhi victim lying unclothed and bleeding in the street for almost an hour, the male friend who was assaulted with her said on Friday in his first public comments on the case that provoked a global outcry.
The man’s comments caused a renewed outpouring of anger on Twitter. “After reading and watching the Zee News interview i’m absolutely shocked and ashamed of being an Indian,” said @BarunKiBilli.
The man called on the protests to continue, but said he wished people had come to his friend’s help when she needed it.
“You have to help people on the road when they need help.”
The male friend said he and the woman were attacked after an evening out watching a film.
“From where we boarded the bus, they (the attackers) 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,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview.
When they were thrown out, they pleaded with passers-by for help, he added in the studio interview, a blue metal crutch leaning on his chair.
“There were a few people who had gathered round but nobody helped. Before the police came I screamed for help but the auto rickshaws, cars and others passing by did not stop,” the man added.