Delhi rape: No one helped us, even police wasted time, says victim's friend
The friend of the physiotherapist who died after being raped in a moving bus on December 16 has said though the whole country is up in arms demanding justice for now, when they were lying injured on the road, no body came to help them.
"The whole country is up in arms now over what happened to us that night, but nobody helped us when we were lying on the street battered for more than an hour", the 28-year-old friend of the Delhi gangrape victim, told Zee News .
He even attacked the police and said the cops wasted time fighting over jurisdiction before taking the woman to a hospital.
On 16 December, the night of the horrific incident, he was accompanying her on the private bus when both suffered brutal assault from other occupants of the bus. The girl was gangraped and she died in a Singapore hospital after a long battle for survival.
The victim's friend, the only witness to the brutal rape said that nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance. "They were just watching us. Nobody came to help us." he said in his interview to the channel.
He alleged that when they were lying on the road, badly injured and bleeding, though several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down, no one stopped. Then someone on patrolling duty stopped and called the police.
"People were probably afraid that if they help us they would become witness to the crime and would be asked to come to police stations and courts," he told the channel.
He said the PCR vans arrived 45 minutes after they were thrown out of the bus without their clothes and that the police wasted time in deciding jurisdictional issues.
It took at least two hours from the time they were thrown off the bus to the time they reached a hospital, he said.
He said the police did not even help him carry his friend to the PCR van because she was bleeding.
"Even at the hospital we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I borrowed a stranger’s mobile and called my relatives. My treatment started only after my relatives came," said he told Zee News.
He said when he had met his friend in the hospital she was smiling and he never felt that she did not want to live.
Watch the full interview by Zee News here.
Five persons, including some members of the ABVP, were detained following the incident but were released later andthe situation quickly brought under control.
In his statement, Katju asked the Centre and the state governments to severely punish police personnel involved in attacks on journalists.