Boyfriend of India Victim: 'She Tried to Save Me'
He gives first interviews after gang rape
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2013 1:50 PM CST
University students shout slogans as they form a human chain advocating safety for women in New Delhi, India, Friday.   (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

(Newser) – The 28-year-old boyfriend of the gang-rape victim in India has given his first interviews after the attack, and he says both he and his girlfriend tried and failed to fight off their six attackers:

  • "We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them; she tried to save me," he tells Zee News, in a report picked up by the BBC.
  • "She tried to dial the police control room number 100, but the accused snatched her mobile away."
The still-unidentified boyfriend suffered a fractured leg and other injuries, reports the AFP, which has an interview of its own. He recounts how they boarded a private bus with tinted windows outside a movie theater, even though he had his doubts. He quickly asked the driver to stop, but by then the assailants had locked the doors. In the interview, he criticized the initial police response as insensitive, along with what he called too-slow care at the public hospital that treated them.

  • "What can I say? The cruelty I saw should not be seen ever. I tried to fight against the men, but later I begged them again and again to leave her."
  • "I was not very confident about getting into the bus, but my friend was running late, so we got into it. This was the biggest mistake I made and after that everything went out of control."
  • "They hit me with a small stick and dragged my friend to a seat near the driver's cabin." Then, the "driver and the other men raped my friend and hit her in the worst possible ways in the most private parts of her body."
  • They were thrown from the bus after about an hour, and the boyfriend says some passersby did nothing to help.

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Jan 5, 2013 2:22 PM CST
If the Republicans won the White House last year America would be worse than India as far as rape is concerned. There really was and is a Republican war against women. They won't even pass the Violence Against Women Act because Republicans love violating women. The want to do more than to stick a vaginal probe into women.
Jan 5, 2013 6:08 AM CST
This story gets more and more depressing... Even if every man in this crime was hanged, it wouldn't be enough.
Jan 5, 2013 3:15 AM CST
India has the biggest sex problems in the world after Pakistan. In Pakistan women treated as domestic animals, but at least they do not rape them as often as in India. Most women in India get raped in the fields or in the homes by their neighbors. Women accused of being loose, get raped, dressing in western dress would be a good reason for the rape. Many Western women in India got raped, but do not talk about it. Mass masturbations, homosexuality is common in India. Millions of baby girls in India was killed because of $, that had to be played to the future husbands. Now, plane loads of men come to Thailand on the sex trips from India. In India they have record of AIDS and STD. Rapes and AIDS is the Indian karma for abborting little girls.