Indian gang-rape victim recounts ordeal

2012-12-23 14:30

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New Delhi - An Indian student who was savagely gang-raped has begun to recount her ordeal to police, reports said on Sunday.

The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who had been battling for her life since the assault a week ago, gave her first statement to police late on Saturday in the New Delhi hospital where she is being treated.

"All six men took turns to sexually assault me," the Hindustan Times newspaper quoted the victim as saying to police.

"They threw us on the side of the road where I then fainted," she added.

Her answers to the questioning appeared to confirm most of the details that officers had already managed to piece together from a statement by her 28-year-old male companion who was also assaulted and thrown off the vehicle.

All six of the alleged attackers have now been arrested and remanded in custody.

Police say the six were drunk and were joy-riding in an off-duty bus with tainted windows when they picked the unsuspecting pair up as they were returning from a night out at the cinema.

The men then took turns in raping the student at the back of the bus, according to police and prosecutors.

During her assault, the victim suffered serious intestinal injuries from being beaten with an iron rod.

The brutal attack has triggered a series of angry demonstrations in Delhi and in other cities across the country with protesters demanding the death penalty for the rapists and better security for women.

The government, stung by criticism that victims of sex assaults are often let down by India's notoriously slow justice system, has said it is considering bringing in the death penalty for the most extreme rape cases.

India has executed two people since 2004 - one of whom was Mohammed Kasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The other was a criminal who raped and killed his schoolgirl victim.

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