Four suspects detained in Delhi gang-rape case

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Four suspects have been detained by Delhi Police for the gang-rape of a girl in a moving bus, police said Monday. The condition of the girl is critical.

"We have detained four people and have impounded two buses," said a police official.

The incident took place Sunday night, when the victim, a para-medical student and her boyfriend, boarded the bus from Munirka to go to Dwarka, after watching a movie.

Police said that around five to seven bus crew started misbehaving with the girl a few minutes after she boarded the bus, which had no other passengers.

The victim's boyfriend tried to prevent the men from molesting her, but the men beat him up and sexually assaulted the girl.

The accused then threw the girl and her boyfriend out of the bus near Mahipalpur in south Delhi's Vasant Vihar area.

Both victims were rushed to Safdarjung Hospital by a PCR van. While the girl battles for life, her boyfriend was discharged and police have recorded his statement and registered a case.

The boy's uncle said, "Five to seven persons attacked the couple."

"When my nephew tried to save the girl, he was beaten with iron rods... the girl was then gang-raped," he said.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the National Commission for Women, Mamta Sharma, said she would talk to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the issue.

"We will talk to the chief minister, take cognizance of the matter and inquire into it, as also keep tabs on the police investigations," Sharma said.

"Such incidents are on the rise in the capital and this is due to the ignorance of the government as well the police force. If an incident like this can take place in the thickly populated Munirka area, it just shows that the police is not alert," she said.

Sharma said the girl's "male friend may have been involved with the accused."

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that "neither the home ministry nor Delhi Police are able to check such incidents" which have been on the rise.

"Delhi's law and order is being handled very irresponsibly by the Delhi government," he said.