Six men (faces covered) accused of a gang rape in Punjab
are escorted by police to a court at Gurdaspur yesterday.
Indian police arrested six people including a bus driver
after a woman said she was gang raped in the northern state of
Punjab, newspapers say.
The reports come weeks after a student in Delhi was assaulted
and beaten in a moving bus and thrown bleeding onto the
street in a case that sparked outrage in the country.
In the latest assault, the woman was travelling by bus to her
village on Friday night when the driver and his assistant
drove her to a deserted location, the Indian Express
Five more people joined them later and assaulted the woman in
a house, the paper quoted senior police superintendent Raj
Jeet Singh as saying.
The men dropped the woman the next morning near her village.
She went home before going to a police station to file a
complaint. Six of the seven men accused of the crime have
been arrested, the police officer told the paper.
A Punjab police spokesman could not be reached for comment.
After the physiotherapy student was raped and beaten in
Delhi, millions of Indians took to the streets demanding the
death penalty for her attackers and official action to reduce
the number of assaults on women.
The student died in a Singapore hospital from internal
injuries, two week after she was attacked. Five men have been
charged with her rape and murder.