On January 4, 2013 the first ever interview of Delhi gang rape victim’s friend who is the only witness in the shameful case was aired on Zee News. The channel identified victim’s friend as Avaindra Pratap Pandey. The ever smart Delhi police, without wasting anytime have filed a case against Zee News channel on the same telecast day of the interview. The police have charged Zee News for revealing the identity of rape victim by carrying an interview of her friend. We wish police had shown the same smartness on the incident day by at least sending the pleading victim quickly to a nearby hospital. Who knows her life might have been saved.
Here are some statements/facts by the friend of the rape victim:
1. He said no one came to help after they were thrown off the bus.
2. After the police arrived, it took over two hours to reach the hospital.
3. He said that the six accused had invited them for boarding the bus.
4. “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”
5. Apart from the driver and the helper, others behaved like they were passengers.
6. The victim and her friend also paid Rs 20 as fare.
7. They started teasing the victim and it led to a brawl.
8. Victim’s friend beat three of them up but then the rest of them brought an iron rod and hit him before he fell unconscious.
9. They drove the bus around for nearly two and a half hours. Victim and her friend were shouting, trying to make people hear them, but they had switched off the lights of the bus.
10. Victim tried to dial the police number 100, but the accused snatched her mobile away.
11. Before throwing victim and her friend off the bus, they snatched their mobiles and tore off their clothes.
12. After throwing victim and her friend off the bus, they tried to mow them down.
13. Victim and her friend were without clothes. They tried to stop passers-by. Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but no one stopped for about 25 minutes.
14. Someone patrolling, stopped and called the police. Three PCR (Police control room) vans arrived after 45 minutes, but wasted time in deciding under which police station’s jurisdiction the case fell.
15. Nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance. After repeated requests, someone gave victim’s friend a part of a bed sheet to cover the victim.
16. Instead of taking them to a nearby hospital, police took them to a government hospital (Safdarjung) that was far away.
17. No one helped victim’s friend in carrying the victim into the PCR van “the policemen didn’t help us because my friend girl was bleeding profusely and they were probably worried about their clothes”.
18. At the hospital they were made to wait and literally had to beg for clothes. Victim’s friend asked on housekeeping person to provide some clothes to which he was asked to wait, but clothes never came.
19. Victim’s friend borrowed a stranger’s mobile and called his relatives. His treatment started only after his relatives came.
20. When victim’s friend met her in the hospital, she was smiling. She was able to write and it never felt that she did not want to live.
21. Victim’s friend came to know what had happened with her only after she gave the first statement to the lady SDM (sub-divisional magistrate).
22. Victim told the magistrate that the accused should not be hanged but burnt to death.
23. Victim was coughing and bleeding while giving the statement. There was no pressure or interference at all while giving the statement. It is wrong to say that the statement was made under pressure.
24. Victim’s friend said witnesses should not be harassed so that they can go to the court to testify.
25. Victim’s friend said lighting candles cannot change the mind-set of people. “You have to help people on the road when they need help”.
26. No one from the government has contacted victim’s friend so far to ask about his treatment. He has been paying for his own treatment.
27. Victim’s friend said “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?”
28. Victim’s friend said that if his friend was “treated in a better hospital, she would have probably been alive today”.
29. Victim’s friend said that one of the police officials wanted him to say that the police were doing a good job in the case.
30. Victim’s friend said he was in the police station for four days rather than being in a hospital.
Watch the interview of Amanat / Damini / Nirbhaya’s friend, the lone witness of the shameful incident: