Accused in India 'tried to run over woman after rape'
Agence France-Presse in New Delhi
The rapists who assaulted and murdered a woman on a bus in New Delhi last month tried to run her over with the vehicle after the attack, reports said yesterday, citing a grisly police account.
Her boyfriend, who was beaten up and thrown off the bus after the girl had been repeatedly raped, managed to pull her to safety just in time, police are to allege in a 1,000-page charge sheet to be presented in court today.
The 23-year-old female medical student, whose ordeal has brought simmering anger about sex crimes in India to the boil, bit three of her attackers, as she tried to fight them off, local newspapers and TV reports said.
These injuries on the suspects, as well as forensic evidence such as blood, semen and hair samples, and the testimony of the injured boyfriend, were expected to form the main evidence against the accused, reports and police sources said.
Five men have been arrested and are expected to formally face murder and rape charges in a fast-track court set up to try them. A sixth suspect, 17, is expected to be tried in a court for juveniles.
"The woman and her friend were stripped and thrown out of the bus," The Indian Express said. "Her friend pulled her away when he saw the bus reversing to run her over."