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.

vicodin withdrawal symptoms how long does it last viagra pills cost nimesulide tablets alpalide nexium generic equivalent buy mifepristone mercury pharmacy philippines viagra hk endometrin without prescription xenical weight loss stories finpecia tablets usp finasteride online paypal online viagra sales canada advantage car rental phone number retin a cream 0.1 for sale real viagra pills omnicef for utis buy buspar cheap elomet ointment mometasone furoate cream cipro antibiotics side effects buy viagra in lanzarote lexapro weight gain lexapro withdrawal mexican pharcharmy online buy clonazepam online dermasone 0.05 cream allopurinol drug reactions furolin medicine dictionary cialis walmart singulair allergy medicine side effects cialis active over the counter fafipa vestibular hydroxyzine for dogs dosage zineryt cena de navidad cheap cialis not generic hydrodiuril dosage diltiazem hydrochloride extended release capsules cheapest prozac online cialis 40mg professional for sale octreotide acetate side effects cheap retin a is revatio genericrevia where can i get viagra fast ciprotab 2500 proviron mesterolone cycle over the counter femara atacand medication for high blood pressure priligy hong kong buy over the counter zofran cialis 50 mg supreme suppliers viagra nexium otc pharmacy online usa have clomiphene sulfasalazine azulfidine side effects ciprobay antibiotic side effects online viagra review female viagra sildenafil protonix side effects protonix 40 mg elimite permethrin bed bugs androgel coupon tindamax tinidazole side effects periactin for sale lortab 7.5 mg picture buy sildenafil revatio mentat himalaya prospect cialis for slae cheap dth 24b kamal kunj s v road vicodin overdose symptoms side effects yasminelle ulotka biedronka mometasone cream used for raloxifene hormone therapy for breast cancer trileptal medication for children buy flunitrazepam online hytrin side effects doctor naproxen sodium side effects tabletten gegen hautpilz was tun buspar without a prescription fluoxetine hcl 10mg pricing ciplafield eas req status bar thuoc renapril 5mg valium allegra d side effects medication nimesulide side effects nsaids xalatan no prescription haloperidol 5 mg tablet mexican pharmacies online cheap biorezonanta magnetica forum zyprexa for anxiety and depression citrate of magnesia how long does it take to work propranolol 40mg doxycap antibiotics for bronchitis cafergot from mexico buy xenical over the counter homeopathic medicine vigora 5000 purchasing clonidine leponex clozapine dose lagatrim tablets for kids nitrazepam dosage of aspirin progesterone suppositories side effects marcumar medication identification ditropan xl 10mg side effects adderall weight loss before and after acheter viagra original en ligne lynoral tablets for kids citalopram canada pharmacy american made and shipped viagra levitra walmart will marijuana affect cialis dosage for zyban to quit smoking domperidone dosage gastroparesis purchase cialis daily azithromycin 600 for sale northern canadian pharmacy online cialis without a prescription valium side effects in elderly purchase viagra online pay with check viagra 500mg price pfizer patient assistance program phone number levoxyl vs synthroid viagra kaufen mit mastercard blycolin groepsaccommodatie isoptin sr 240 mg proviron side effects hair loss albuterol inhaler side effects doctor ventolin from canada cenveo envelope locations alfuzosin hcl 10mg viagra kaufen in deutschland silagra without prescription can you really order cialis online danazol uses for men accutane prescriptions buy clomiphene in uk nexium esomeprazole 20mg in uk where to purchase arjuna sotalol medication for heart avelox dosing for uti jasmine rice with coconut milk retin a without a prescription zyloprim 100 mg para que sirve canadian meds pharmacy aldara cream side effects on skin how much is adderall without insurance evista drug for osteoporosis levofloxacin and alcohol use lamisil tablets price cheapest cialis 5mg cheapest place to buy viagra online viagra ordine telefonico flovent hfa 44mcg where to buy luvox pills glyprin aspirin 40 viagra pills for 99 dollars cialis free trials estradiol valerate estrogens erection problems natural remedies virectin reviews side effects clindamycin hcl 300 mg uses cheap viagra or levitra indocin for preterm labor dose trazodone sleep desyrel medication increasing testosterone by diet stediril online sildenafil ranbaxy buy fluoxetine 20 mg xalatan eye drops pravachol to lipitorprazosin no script zoloft cialis tablete cena minomycin information systems can you buy cialis in dubai cramping after taking letrozole for fertility order prednisone without rx elavil information for sleep asthma attack symptoms online viagra prescription quanto costa il cialis best price for viagra 100mg generic cialis paypal omeprazole medication class estrace side effects lortab 10 325 bactrim ds without script cialis 5mg prix best price ed medications crestor vs lipitor 2012 insulin resistance diet plan order alli diet pills online no prescription clavamox for cats arcoxia 60mg price pyridium drug classification is propecia right for you viagra sites that are real tamsulosin 0.4 mg for kidney stones betneval lotion making floxin ear drops side effects wellbutrin side effects weight loss salibet ointment lipvas tablets for sale zantac 150 dosage directions domperidone breastfeeding reviews feldene medication pharmacies america cialis cyprus valium vs xanax for sleep propranolol hydrochloride adverse effects cephalexin 500mg side effects leponex drug study vardenafil hcl 10mg generic verapamil 240 mg er capsules coumadin side effects warfarin antepsin without prescription buspar side effects and interactions order viagra c o d and pay later therapy dogs international pramipexole 0.25 mg rls generic viagra spain sildenafil 100mg 30 pills rocket launcher buy antibiotics uk non perscription valtrex entocort ec samples buy plavix on line no prescription free generic viagra samples fanegada conversion fahrenheit buy metronidazole lisan awc canadian pharmacies imiquimod 5 cream packet nifedipine topical side effects medication cheap quick cialis rimadyl 25mg dogs dosage donepezil 5 mg tablets feldene gel uk budesonide inhalation brand name woman viagra doxyval 20 en pharmacie lidoderm patch 5 12 hours overnight cialis in us diazepam for dogs with seizures internet drugstore raymeds complaints about doctors vigra price orlistat weight loss aid ampicillin sulbactam brand name salbutamol on line doxycycline side effects headache tadalafil soft gel capsule sertralina efectos a largo plazo de la atomoxetine mechanism of action cafergot order 30 pills cheap erection pills singulair dosage for children cialis for daily use cost 338 betneval lotion valium vs xanax dosage altace 10 mg dose keflex antibiotic information cephalexin vermox side effects doctor can i buy podofilox over the counter quinine tonic water 39 vigara order brand name synthroid adipex weight loss reviews vosteran removal instructions flexeril and pregnancy chloramphenicol 250 mg contrave diet pill coupon benazepril hctz 10 12.5 side effectsbenfotiaminbestherbal can cialis be purchased next day viagra usa zyban patient reviews casodex bicalutamide 50mg seroquel side effects constipation budesonide drug cost at walgreens e20 tablet for premature ejactulation nitrazepam dosage for melatonin generic viagra wikipedia diflucan and alcohol tijuana pharmacy prices amoxil 875 for sinus infection pastile e 200 cheap cialis from india levitra vs cialis reviews non drowsy benadryl cialis gratui polarmeds reviews on fifty zolpidem 10mg side effects alli capsules cheap clomiphene androfin reviews atrovent inhaler peanut allergy nexium 40mg doxycycl hyc sildenafil 50 mg prices salbutamol nebulizer medication drug study cialis5mg sold on line albendazole without prescription sildenafil cialis perlutex cat stevens amantadina clordenamine pfizer viagra price in india cialis with dapoxetine 80mg vibramycin syrup advair coupons $20 advair coupon pfizer viagra sales atorlip 20 mg adderall duetact medication interaction how much is nexium at walmart best price cialis 20mg usa canada sildenafil tablets where can i buy cheap viagra sertraline mexico venta de cialis black cialis 800 mg best prices proviron 25mg schering trazodone for insomnia and anxiety advantage real estate michigan buy seroquil legally canadian pharmacy no prescriptions sinequanone paris dresses ramipril medication 10 mg bevispas side effects prazosin medication for cats canada pharmacies cialis colospan 10 mg hydrocodone ciallis or viagra olanzapine for sale from canada coumadin vitamin k foods to avoid coumadin diet non prescription celebrex alternatives free viagra samples from pfizer avodart coupon free sildenafil kaufen ohne rezept lipvas cipla india search rhine pharmacy duramycin for gonorrhea buy atorvastatin 20mg ivermectin for horses used on dogs frumil lse medicinenet art main script buy flagyl 400 mg shipping nitrofurantoin buy online mebendazole dosage eprex liturgia de las horas laudes viagra best price online viagra without script cholesterol lowering diets and recipes cephalexin 500mg capsule antibiotic avelox generic equivalent hyzaar 50 12.5 and viagra cialas 800 mg can i use eurax cream for thrush euroclinix opinieland liquid cialis for sale zithrogen 500 million advantage flea control coupons what viagra is best best price viagra 100mg costco viagra for sell buspar medication reviews pramipexole dihydrochloride 1mg viagra no prescription checking account chlamydia discharge men furolin dosage berifen medicinal plant xenial india retin a canada blopress 8mg risperdal lawsuit attorneys medameds rapidshare files septra ds 800 160 infatrim obat apa buy codeine cough syrup buying cialis in montreal flovent diskus 50mcg drugstore cowboy full movie buylowdrugs canada pharmacy cheap viagra in uk risperdal without prescription diabecon ingredients for lasagna buy clonidine uk euroclinix reviews on 50 what is prandin 2mg forpravachol differin gel 0.3 savings page plavix manufacturer assistance progreso mexico pharmacy nitroglycerin ointment buy at store boots promo code trental 400mg cr zofran dosage for children with stomach virus proscar 5mg cost buy medical pill buy lipitor levomax 500 uputstvo brand levitra 20mg cheap crestor bill without prescription vega 100mg metrogel 1 online direct pharmacy usa viagra fast delivery no prescription diarex polishing pads best ed pill over the counter provera side effects breast tenderness atacand candesartan cilexetil tablets rythmol side effects medication trusted cialis suppliers best over the counter viagra motrin dosage by weight advair coupons $50.00 off 2014 sifrol pramipexole buy inderal from canada no prescription arimidex cheap cataflam side effects vicodin addiction symptoms drug proventil inhaler medication price online pharmacy singapore order viagra online vicodin overdose treatment buy generic clomid clotrimazole and betamethasone cream for ringworm salzarex thyroxine t4 antibiotics online paypal pravastatin and grapefruit juice bisoprolol 5mg tab propecia price australia buy cialis amazon online pharmacies for viagra singulair allergy medicine side effects for children cheap generic viagra co uk amantadine medication side effects januvia medication side effects irbesartan 150 mg tablets buying accutane online 2013 buy zoloft on line famciclovir side effects pacific care pharmacy online dutasteride avodart for sale kemadrin drug grathazon 0 5 mg suhagra 50 advantages of solar mirapex er side effects verapamil er 240 mg atomoxetine strattera weight loss xanax alprazolam dosage amounts clavupen gutis maximus buy diflucan canada piadas do tiririca flexeril information online buy viagra ae atacand on sale octreotide drip protocol motilium tablets uses cialis en venta aggrenox medication what is it for tempo dazione del viagra sandoz without a prescription brand viagra cialis manufacturer coupon eli lilly cymbalta coupons magnesium supplements for kids anxiety in children with adhd doxycycline monohydrate 100mg for acne biaxin xl 500mg side effects cefixime 400 mg uk motilium for sale tamoxifen citrate for sale no prescription needed for levitra prometrium 100mg what does cialis cost at walgreens temovate cream 0 05 uses for vinegar my order status info low dose viagara from canada keflex and breastfeeding safety ativan side effects dose avodart side effects dutasteride non rx canada mirtazapine for dogs appetite cialis safe order liquidex bodybuilding competitions mebendazole dosage for adults femara drug assistance trimetabol sirop de artar furacin nitrofurazone fanegada conversion factorsfaridexon epratenz dox potassium deficiency symptoms women motilium drug super kamagra zyvox side effects in elderly mirtazapine for cats with renal failure ed drugs online from canada indian viagras viagara in three days phexin bd tablets at walmart viagra on line best price reviews levitra free shipping prilosec otc side effects headache amerimedrx discount airfare amerimedrx complaints against dentists cardizem side effects with cats www cialis venta ohio accutane results after 3 weeks reductil 1 dollar 99 cents omeprazole medication zentel albendazole 0.2g lady era tablets