India Arrests 6 in New Bus Gang Rape

Driver, conductor kidnapped lone woman on bus
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 13, 2013 5:31 AM CST
India Arrests 6 in New Bus Gang Rape
Indians perform special ritual for the soul of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.   (Altaf Qadri)

Indian police today arrested six men in another gang rape of a bus passenger in India, four weeks after a deadly attack on a student on a moving bus in the capital outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws. Police officer Raj Jeet Singh said a 29-year-old woman was the only passenger on a bus as she was traveling to her village in northern Punjab state Friday night. The driver did not stop at her village despite her repeated pleas and drove her to a desolate location, he said.

There, the driver and the conductor took her to a nearby building, where they were joined by five friends and took turns raping her throughout the night, Singh said. The driver dropped the woman off at her village early yesterday, he said. Singh said police arrested six suspects yesterday and were searching for another. In her first published comments today, the mother of the 23-year-old student who died in a December gang rape said all six suspects in that case deserve to die. She said her daughter told her the youngest suspect, who faces a maximum of three years if convicted as a minor, participated in the most brutal aspects of the rape. "Now the only thing that will satisfy us is to see them punished. For what they did to her, they deserve to die," she said. (Read more India stories.)

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