Delhi gangrape: Victim’s friend appears on TV; slams police, ‘apathetic’ public

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The friend told Zee News that had the victim been treated "in a good hospital from the beginning, she might have been with us today". He said he felt that the decision to move her to Singapore had been taken under pressure from the public. "It seemed like... so much protest had taken place that day, so let's take her to Singapore. If they really had sympathy, the decision should have been taken at the right time. One gives water to a thirsty person when he is thirsty and not later, when the person is dead," he said.

Asked if he felt that top police officers should have resigned, he told Chaudhary, "The police is not one person, it is a system. And if the system is repeatedly failing, if the people who are in charge have even 0.1 per cent responsibility, they should give up their posts on moral grounds."

He added that even now, "nothing has stopped..., such cases are continuing every day".

About the police, he said, "You say that you have done a good job, caught six people and identified them within record time. But why do you need to pat your own back? This was your duty in the first place... I think police meet people, see them and deal with them accordingly. My father and others in my family are lawyers so they knew how things work. In general, police may not even meet the aam admi, or register an FIR."

The friend said the assault had been planned in advance by the men on the bus, all of whom except the driver and helper had pretended to be passengers.

"The bus tinted windows and curtains, and the occupants trapped us. They beat us, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and threw us off the bus. They had everything planned. Apart from the driver and helper, others behaved like they were passengers. We even paid Rs 20 as fare. Then they started harassing my friend and that led to a fight. I beat three of them, but then the rest brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away," he told the channel.

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