People stared at us and left, but didn’t help: Delhi gang-rape victim’s friend

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim – the only witness in the case – on Friday spoke for the first time in front of the nation and exclusively told Zee News that his friend was “positive” and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16.

“I wish I could have saved her,” the friend exclusively told Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary.

The victim’s friend explained to Zee News in detail what exactly happened on that fateful night of December 16.

He said that no one came to their help after they were thrown off the bus by the six accused. Even after the police arrived, it took the cops over two hours to take them to hospital.

The victim’s friend said that since December 16, protests have been happening and people are on the streets. “Many things have come out in the media, but people have been interpreting it as per their convenience. I want to tell them what we faced that night. I want to tell what I faced, what my friend faced,” he told Zee News, expressing hope that people could take a lesson and save others’ lives in future.

He said that the six accused had lured them into boarding the bus on the night of December 16.

“The occupants of the bus, which had tinted windows and curtains, had laid a trap for us. They were probably involved in crimes before also. They beat us up, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch.

“The bus occupants had everything planned. Apart from the driver and the helper, others behaved like they were passengers. We even paid Rs 20 as fare. They then started teasing my friend and it led to a brawl. I beat three of them up but then the rest of them brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away.

“From where we boarded the bus, they moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights of the bus. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial the police control room number 100, but the accused snatched her mobile away,” he said.

“Before throwing us off the bus, they snatched our mobiles and tore off our clothes in order to destroy any evidence of the crime,” he added.

“After throwing us off the bus, they tried to mow us down but I saved my friend by pulling her away in the nick of time. We were without clothes. We tried to stop passersby. Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but none stopped for about 25 minutes. Then, someone on patrolling, stopped and called the police,” he told Zee News.

The victim’s friend rued the fact that three PCR vans arrived at the scene after about 45 minutes, but wasted time in deciding under which police station’s jurisdiction the case fell.

He said nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance. “They were just watching us,” he said, adding that after repeated requests, someone gave him a part of a bed sheet to cover his friend.

“My friend was bleeding profusely; I was more concerned about her. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a hospital (Safdarjung) that was far away.”

The victim’s friend said that he carried his badly injured friend to the PCR van on his own as “the policemen didn’t help us because my friend girl was bleeding profusely and they were probably worried about their clothes”.

“Nobody from the public helped us. People were probably afraid that if they helped us, they would become witnesses to the crime and would be asked to come to the police station and court,” he told the channel.

“Even at the hospital, we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I asked one ‘safai karamchari’ to give me some clothes or curtains and he asked me to wait. But the clothes never came. I then borrowed a stranger’s mobile and called my relatives, but just told them that I had met with an accident. My treatment started only after my relatives came,” he said.

“I was hit on the head. I was not able to walk. I was not able to move my hands for two weeks,” he said, detailing the injuries he suffered on that horrific night.

“My family wanted to take me to our native place but I decided to stay in Delhi in order to help the police. It was only after the doctors’ advice that I went back to my home and started private treatment there.”

“When I had met my friend in the hospital, she was smiling. She was able to write and was positive. I never felt that she did not want to live,” he said.

“She had told me that if I wasn’t there, she would not have filed the complaint. I had decided that I would ensure the culprits are punished,” the victim’s friend said.

He said that his friend was also worried about the cost of the treatment. “I was asked to be with her to give her strength.”

“When she gave the first statement to the lady SDM, only then I came to know what had happened with her. I couldn’t believe what they did to her. Even when animals hunt, they don’t mete out such brutality to their prey.

“She faced all of this and told the magistrate that the accused should not be hanged but burnt to death.”

“The first statement she gave to the SDM was correct. She had given that statement with a lot of effort. She was coughing and bleeding while giving the statement. She was on ventilator support. There was no pressure or interference at all. But when the SDM said that she had faced pressure, all her (friend’s) efforts went in vain. It is wrong to say that the statement was made under pressure,” the victim’s friend told Zee News.

When asked what suggestions he would like to give in order to ensure that such incidents don’t recur, the victim’s friend said, “The police should always try to ensure that the victims are taken to the hospital as early as possible and not waste precious time looking for government hospitals. Also, witnesses should not be harassed so that they come to the court to testify.”

He said that one cannot change mindsets by lighting candles. “You have to help people on the road when they need help,” he added.

“Protest and change should not only be for her but for the coming generations as well.”

The victim’s friend said that he wanted the Justice Verma committee – set up by the government to suggest measures to improve women’s security – to make the law easier for complainants.

“I would like to tell Justice JS Verma, Justice Leila Seth and Gopal Subramanium that we have a lot of laws, but the public is afraid of going to police as they wonder whether the police will register an FIR or not. You are trying to start fast-track courts for one issue, but why shouldn’t every case be fast tracked,” he said.

He further said that “only he can tell what he has gone through… what I have faced…”

He disclosed that “no one from the government has contacted me so far to ask about my treatment. I have been paying for my own treatment so far.”

When asked why people don’t want to talk about such issues in public, the victim’s friend said, “In our society, we try to hide such things. If something bad has happened with us, then we try to hide thinking what will the other person say. Also because our friends and relatives talk behind our back about such incidents, that we try to prevent them from becoming public.”

“If I had decided not to file the complaint and just call the incident an accident, this case would not have become this big.”

He rued the people’s indifference towards him and his friend when they were lying on the road. “They (the people) had cars, they could have taken us to the hospital. Every minute was important for us. But they didn’t. Who will change this attitude?” he asked.

He said his mental condition was so bad after the incident that he was not able to sleep properly. “I didn’t share this with anyone. When such a thing happens to us, we often ask ourselves: ‘Am I to blame for this? Why did I go to the mall? Why did I board that bus?’ I was not able to even speak properly for two weeks.”

He said that if his friend was “treated in a better hospital, she would have probably been alive today.” It may be noted that the gang-rape victim was first treated at the Safdarjung Hospital before being shifted to a hospital in Singapore, where she passed away.

He went on to say that one of the police officials wanted him to say that the police were doing a good job in the case.

“Why did they want to take credit for doing their duty? If everyone does their work well, nothing more needs to be said in the matter,” he said.

“We have a long battle to fight,” he said further, adding, “If I didn’t have lawyers in my family, I would not have been able to fight this.”

The victim’s friend also told Zee News, “I was in the police station for four days rather than being in a hospital where I would be treated. I told my friends that I had met with an accident.”

“The internal judgement of the Delhi Police should prompt them to assess for themselves if they have done a good job or not,” he added.

“If you can help someone, help them. If a single person had helped me that night, things would have been different. There is no need to close Metro stations and stop the public from expressing themselves. People should be allowed to have faith in the system,” he went on to say.

“I never had thoughts of leaving her and running away. Even an animal would not do that. I have no regrets. But I wish I could have done something to help her.”

“She has awakened us. If we can carry on this fight with her name, it would be tribute to her,” he said.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/people-were-just-watching-us-no-one-came-to-help-delhi-gang-rape-victims-friend_820801.html

3 Comments

  1. aravind_66
    aravind_66
    January 5, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Really heartbreaking…!!!!Can’t imagine the ordeal they went through that night…

  2. Alfa.one
    Alfa.one
    January 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Very SAD !!! Yes, before changing the laws, we should change our mentalities. To start with Ban all the vulgar ads on TV and Print media. Ban all vulgar songs like chhammak chhallo, Shila ki jawani, halkat jawani, munni, fevikol, jalebi bai etc etc.

    Bombay Times should be banned with immediate effect !!

Page 1 of 1

Post Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

lisinopril hctz side effects high pulse starcef cefixime 200mg minoxidil 5 for women reviews exelon myhr login butyr fentanyl buy triamterene hctzno prescription vagiral ovulos acromona raymeds pharmacyclics doxycycline no prescription for pets proventil without prescription trazodone for insomnia and anxiety legal buy viagra online ireland nosipren prednisone 20mg treatment anafranil 10 mg adderall priligy dapoxetine dosages avapro 150 mg irbesartan luvox ocd dosage female pink viagra 100mg 24hr canadian pharmacy benadryl for dogs itching motrin dosage for children by age mincorp acquisition cialis free trial coupon cheap tadalafil usa furolin medicine dictionary clindamycin 300mg capsules side effects cheap indocin pravachol medication information vitamix 7500 blender at costco colchicine no prescription cheap clomiphene rabeprazole 20mg dr tab order cialis international lesofat pills weight loss no prescription canadian pharmacy claritin for children dosing viagra without prescription australia therapy dog certification texas tylenol arthritis pain caplets inhouse pharmacy coupon code ventolin 100 mg tablete ieftine flanco tegretol toxicity seizures hytrin generic viagra pills online canada prednisoe for sale canadian pharmacy cialis vietnam generic viagra on line order ampicillin in canada carafate side effects in cats minocycline hcl 100 mg capsule estradiol cream estrogen can i use proscar for hair loss order setraline without prescription tretinoin 0 1 cream uk propecia online amex cialis o viagra desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol birth control propranolol hydrochloride adverse effects combivent respimat coupon hydroxyzine pam buy viagra online europe mexitil classifications clindamycin hcl cialis and avodart lamotrigine lamictal side effects insomnia usa overnight pharmacy cialis omeprazole 20 mg capsule drmyl naproxen sodium side effects aleve marine d3 micardis medication side effects online pharmacy review diflucan information for patients supradol ketorolac english to spanish translation cipla india pharmaceutical desi viagra erectalis 20mg adderall cialis english levetra from canada prenisolone order brahmi herb for hair proviron 25mg schering how to stop flushing with viagra cytotec en santa cruz estrofem 2mg mtf himcolin cream cheese zovirax ointment over the counter adderall xr dosages available best place to buy medical drugs online famvir 500mg famciclovir asthma symptoms in adults due to mold good price accutane order flovent hfa 220 mcg inhaler super viagra active buy synthroid online without script meclizine medication information walgreens take care clinic jobs viagra mexico pharmacy plavix patient assistance application form what happens if i take two cialis mirtazapine effects on psa discount erectile dysfunction drugs lialda coupon for 2014 ornidazole dispersible tablets tramadol 50 mg for dogs side effects fluconazole diflucan treatment dose what is aristocort ointment pinamox uses for coconut mobicool mobile refrigeration rental subutex withdrawal during pregnancy lipvas tablets for sale cardizem drip calculation trileptal oxcarbazepine side effects cipla india suhagra 100 purchasing predisone by mail overseas viagra viagra soft ritalin dosage in adults for narcolepsy zithromax z pack dose walgreens take care clinic viagra vpxl online canada fertomid and clomidfinax baristanet kids celexa withdrawal side effects how long viagra affect women let me watch this doxycycline monohydrate 100mg buy now arcoxia side effects etoricoxib medicine allegra d coupons or rebate sumycin tetracycline does viagra help treat bph trimetabol sirop de muguri vicodin strengths adderall xr side effects adults effexor dosage dose mirapex lawsuit mirapex side effects doxine 100 dosage for dogs canadian no written prescription needed dianabol for sale tabs azithromycin over the counter marcumar therapy lyrics salbutamol sulfate side effects flagyl antibiotic used to treat yeast infection sertraline zoloft reviewssibutramine synthroid side effects medication cataflam 50mg side effects prozac and alcohol dose cramping after taking letrozole for fertility can you buy amoxicillin at walmart 78 toprol medication dosages viagra tables for sale australia baclofen pump complications hytrin prostate treatment bph sildenafil citrate 100mg tab dont work original viagra apotheke lopressor 25 mg side effects where can i order save genuine viagra kwikmed online pharmacy extenze side effects bottle estradiol patch 0.1 mg requip starter pack instructions xanax cost in mexico viagra price per pill walgreens 6 espn viagara viagra for sale malaysia provigil 200 mg price at walmart buy women and men viagra online salep agne manfaat viagra and premature ejaculation ketoconazole cream get a priscription for viagra online meclizine hydrochloride for dogs microcidal meaning of flowers feldene piroxicam medication synthroid classification keflex dosage for uti treatment diabecon himalaya products review ranigast leksikon india pharmacy mastercard fast shipping levitra order cs com tadalafil ezetimibe simvastatin buy retail price for cialis leukeran 2mg tablet cipla web flash viagra online con visa electron comprar viagra generica de la india ranbaxy forzest tadalafil canadian pharmacy reviews 2012 perlutex veterinary technician doxycycline 100mg tablets in canada yasmin birth control weight gain chigualos ejemplos de hipotesis depakote toxicity treatment diroton drugs inc online pharmacy in costa rica cefamor 500 purchase silagra pregnant mannequin z pack antibiotic prices benicar hct 40 12.5 discount card pfizer viagra online pharmacy craigslist edinburgh chloroquine side effects allegra d coupons free how effective is ceftin for sinus infection mail order flagyl how strong is viagra 100mg bisoprolol hctz 5 6.25 mg tmyl rx health drugs viagra elocon ointment no prescription magnesium chloride benefits generic vermox over the counter prices for cialis generic apodefil sildenafil from india lincocin aquadrops cheap albuterol inhaler motrin and robitussin mixedmtabs m361 blue oval pill microcidal definition of metaphor protonix vs nexium prevacid viagra malta benicar hct side effects webmd my canadian pharmacy spam norlevo torrinomedica permixon proviron impotence mesterolone canadian pharmacy no prescriptions buy esomeprazole haldol medication classification unisom and pregnancy 3rd trimester software engineer salary range citalopram 20 mg dose dilantin toxicity side effects where to buy tamoxifen citrate potassium foods high potassium pharmacy support canada amantadine side effects weight gain cholesterol lowering diet mayo clinic ibuprofen for dogs with arthritis omnicef 300 mg medication sildenafil 100mg tablet cias lis online percent off cefixime generic captopril renal scan flazol 500mg amoxicillin cheap viagra us companies only cabaser dosage pctc berifen 100 srca cheap bactrim ds antibiotic where to buy viagra in nyc metronidazole flagyl and alcohol side effects fluconazole for men glaxo betnovate n cream elavil 75 mg amoxicillin cap500mg provigil online xenical orlistat 120mg what is clorfenamina compuesta edukacijski fakultet travnik viagra tesco pharmacy aviagra 4 birds tattoo mark levin viagra supreme suppliers sagar avenue xenical 120 mg on sale asacol hd 800 mg tablet cialis online pagamento alla consegna cheap kamagra uk next day delivery citrate toxicity treatment buy alli diet pill estradiol levels ivf voltaren gel anti inflammatory cost zoloft dosages and side effects zomax antibiotique unisom sleeping pills levitra on line italia generika franchise philippines 2015 buspar sold online without prescription walmart levitra prices non prescription meds to get high cialis india pharmacy lergigan 25mg viagra canada pharmacy 24h review cialis moneypak canadian pharmacy androgel advantage multi for dogs best price trimetabol dosage for benadryl female viagra singapore zyrtec side effects after stopping cialis non generic online lexapro generic indian pharmacy vitamix recipes weight loss viagra online purcheses amlodipine medication classificationamoxicilanamoxicilinamoxicillin mebendazole 100mg side effects buy fucidin cream online canadain brand only tricor differin coupon code aricept side effects alzheimers disease lexapro street value secure online pharmacy extra super avana saroten 10 mg gupisone side effects uroxatral medication coupons pulmicort flexhaler 180 mcg price buy generic clomid best viagra seller buy clomiphene in uk is clavamox for humans tadalafil 20mg side effects can lasix help with aspiration viagra 24 hr delivery medications canada no prescription viagra buy in austria doxycycline hyclate 100 mg buy online new cialis rx blueberry 100 viagra review online viagra purchase benemid probalans what is the difference between sotalol and sotalol af capoten side effects avodart 0.5 mg amsa fast 120mg lipitor withpout presp buy viagra o line salazopyrin for dogs super force viagra exelon stock price today fat&t vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms and causes mayo clinic levitra dosage instructions macrodantin 100mg capsules clomid shipped australia catafast sachets wholesale buy disulfiram online pharmacy cialis walmart elimite overnight delivery famvir dosing for cold sores rxdrugstore phentermine information wo gibt es viagra ohne rezept medameds complaints against attorneys pharmacy tht sale promenthzine codine tamsulosin 0.4 mg for kidney stones epogen procrit package insert walgreens restasis buy kamagra online ciprodex otic suspension 7.5ml cost levofloxacin 750 mg tablet i want to buy original viagra floxin otic cheap propecia no rx mesterolone steroid use bactrim ds online fac simile ricetta cialis where to buy elimite over the counter viasek side effects ivermectin wormer for chickens fosamax side effects osteoporosis drug vimax detox reviews tadalafil 5mg generic india pharmacy rx one review benemid classification system glipizide 5mg side effects india pharmacy generic finasteride mometasone cream for poison ivy lamisil side effects liver damage buy brand cialis no prescription buy viagra from india mircette birth control pill doxycycl hyc methotrexate without prescription atenolol side effects mayo clinic betagesic tablets sale premarin lawsuits drugs ornidazole tablets side effects buying viagra overseas order cephalexin for sinus infections drug like viagra but no prescription xenial india purchase dyazide online propranolol for anxiety treatment levothyroxine without subscription cheaper alternative to levitra euroclinix uk yahoo crestor price pain pill pharmacy price list tadalafil manufactured in usa canada relafen nabumetone why discontinued jual cytotec jakarta amoxicillin for sinus infection during pregnancy buy prescription drugs online legally levitra generika kaufen doxycycline 50 mg for rosacea grathazon kaplet roh can ciprofloxacin be used for chlamydia ivermectin for horses used on dogs cephalexin monohydrate for dogs unisom sleep coumadin blood thinner side effects where can i get nolvadex can you take klonopin with phenergan cialis generico pagamento alla consegna vitamin d deficiency symptoms adults surrey kt12 viagra cardinal bank hours buy coversyl online canada canadiana pharmcy in sarasato oxybutynin chloride 5 mg tablet naproxen vs ibuprofen for inflammation propecia finasteride cheap amantadina clordenamine cardinal health products gupisone prednisolone 5mg tablet tamoxifen breast cancer preventative viagra tablet lergigan biverkningar navidoxine meclizine hydrochloride side avelox antibiotic treatment drugs vigrande nedir bu fluoxetine online antabuse online no prescription is terramycin a generic for optimmune dogs pyrocaps 20mg oxycontin antepsin without prescription metrotab chattanooga bactrim dosage for adults abilify coupons for children fosamax side effects osteoporosis usa viagra 4000 mg content analysis example vardenafil hcl cipla cordarone amiodarone pain meds online boots promo code norvasc medication generic cefixime dosage for uti acheter viagra lille cialis generic best price terramycin ophthalmic ointment for dogs finasteride 1 mg prices vibramycin uses viagra super force 100mg 100mg prandin 0.5 mg cadex 2 mg warning caution where can i get some viagra lotrel generic available generic finasteride health shop skelaxin abuse medication where to buy lantus cheap ativan medication for alcohol withdrawal torsemide side effects demadex canadian pharmacy online secure cialis prix de la boite clomid and twins 2005 caffeine anhydrous vs caffeine diamox sequels 500mg online pharmarcy bystolic 10 mg coupons arcoxia tablets information zocor medication simvastatin potassium rich foods list printable kamatra sumatra pdf buy viagra without a prescription liposafe gnc lipothin 200 fenofibrate capsules generic canadian cialis does paypal offer viagra online difference in sotalol and sotalol af cheap meds online canadian pharmacy valtrex clomiphene side effects for men amerimedrx discount airfare acyclovir ointment 5 side effects levitra without rx online nhs omeprazole side effects lergigan 25mg trazodone capoten contraindications to breastfeeding consumer reports generic viagra allegra d coupons 2014 viagra 100 mg price casodex treatment for prostate cancer mincorp plc direct generic valtrex overnight finasteride dosage increasefinasterinefineviagraflomaxtra cialis 5mg daily reviews flagyl and alcohol myth bactroban mupirocin ointment cardizem cd generic aricept generic availability fosamax osteoporosis treatment how much is viagra per pill 1325 sales of levita clonidine side effects clonidine adhd buy vyvanse canada nootropil 800 mg piracetam imigran tablets online zyvoxid prospectus robaxin 750 abuse nizoral cream side effects dutas barato cabaser cabergoline side