Victims: Ms. Jyoti Singh Pandey (Damini) and her male friend Avindra Pratap Pandey (Brave heart)
On the night of 16th December 2012, six men had raped a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus and brutally beaten her and her friend before stripping them and throwing them out of the bus. The woman died of her injuries on 29th December while undergoing treatment at a Singapore hospital.
On the evening of 16th December 2012, a young woman, Jyoti, boarded a private bus on her way back home with a male friend, Awindra Pandey, after a cinema visit. There were six men in the bus including the driver and his brother. Apart from the driver and helper, others behaved like they were passengers. The six men on the bus first taunted the couple for being out late together and then, after an altercation beat the friend with an iron rod and then took turns to rape the woman, also beating and assaulting her with the iron rod. The men raped her one by one. One of them inserted a blunt object into her vagina. They then threw the boy and the girl out of the bus on a flyover, where they were found by a passer-by who called the police. Before throwing them off the bus, they tore off their clothes in order to destroy any evidence of the crime. After throwing off they tried to mow them down but Awindra saved Jyoti by pulling her away in the nick of time.
They were without clothes and crying for help. Many cars and auto-rickshaws came and passed by but no one stopped to help them for about 25 minutes. People were probably afraid they would become a witness to the crime.
The woman suffered injuries so severe that her intestines had to be removed. She also had injuries to her brain and abdomen and underwent three major surgeries and a cardiac arrest in her 10 days in the intensive care unit of the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, before she was taken to a Singapore hospital for a treatment by specialists in organ transplants. She was in an extremely critical and worsening condition and finally she died of severe organ failure on 29th December 2012.
The six accused men have been arrested and charged with gang-rape, kidnapping, unnatural offences, hurting in committing robbery and common intention under the Indian Penal Code. After the young woman’s death the police added the charge of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
The gang-rape trial began on 3rd January 2013.
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