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Six arrested after another bus gang-rape case in India

It has emerged that another gang-rape has taken place in India in near-identical circumstances to the one which caused worldwide outrage weeks ago.

Bangladeshi girls hold placards as they stand to form a human chain to protest against the recent gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, 9 January, 2013.
Bangladeshi girls hold placards as they stand to form a human chain to protest against the recent gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, 9 January, 2013.
Image: A.M. Ahad/AP/Press Association Images

SIX MEN HAVE been arrested over the rape of a passenger on a coach in India, police said today, just weeks after the gang-rape and murder of a student on a bus in New Delhi sparked nationwide protests.

The victim had boarded the service to her in-laws’ home in the northern state of Punjab on Friday when she was abducted and driven to a district bordering the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, local police officer Raj Jeet Singh said.

Five men joined the driver and conductor, who had taken her by motorbike to an unknown address, and took turns to rape the victim before dropping her off near her in-laws’ village on Saturday morning, he said.

“Six men have been arrested on allegations of having raped a 29-year-old woman… after forcibly taking her to an unknown location on the night of 11 January,” the policeman told AFP, adding that a seventh suspect was being hunted.

“The lady, after being kidnapped, was raped brutally throughout the night by the seven accused,” he said.

“After raping the victim throughout the night, one of the accused dropped her near her in-laws’ house the next morning where she narrated the whole incident to her two sisters-in-law.”

He said the extent of her injuries had yet to be established.

The attack is disturbingly similar to the 16 December gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in Delhi, where five men are on trial in a case that has fuelled anger across India over the treatment of women.

Partap Singh Bajwa, a local Congress Party politician, blamed the police for not enforcing stringent checks on buses operating in the state.

“It all happened due to laxity of police as they never bother to check out the buses moving on national highways during night time,” Bajwa told AFP.

Protesters across India have called for the police to be more vigilant and sensitive to the growing incidence of sexual assault against women, after details emerged of the New Delhi attack.

- © AFP, 2013

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