They were naked, not one from crowd helped, cops got sheets
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Stripped and thrown out of the bus after the gangrape and assault on Sunday night, the 23-year-old woman and her friend lay by the roadside in Mahipalpur.
Not one from the crowd that had gathered there — police said there were at least 50 people there when they reached the spot — came to their help. No one even bothered to cover them. Cars pulled up, people rolled down windows but the woman and her friend lay there naked till policemen arrived, got two sheets from a nearby hotel, covered and carried them to hospital.
Police sources said a PCR team reached the Mahipalpur spot within six minutes of the alert.
"Mahipalpur flyover Gurgaon ki taraf se utarti GMR ki gate ke saamne ek ladka aur ladki bina kapde pehne baithe hai. Public ki bheed ikhatta hai (a boy and girl are naked outside the GMR gate at the Mahipalpur flyover on the Gurgaon route, there is a crowd there)." This was the first call to the police control room at 10.24 pm on Sunday.
In his statement to police, the woman's friend said he had "tried to draw the attention of passersby and vehicles on the road when a police vehicle arrived".
Police sources said the girl appeared unconscious and was bleeding profusely. Her friend too was bleeding but he was conscious. There were three calls to the police control room, including one by a manager of DS Construction that operates the expressway and an employee of a Mahipalpur hotel.
"Our men reached the spot and borrowed two white sheets from a hotel nearby. The onlookers were just standing there, doing nothing. They were pointing at the victims. Not one of them took off a jacket or a piece of clothing to cover the victims. There were women in cars that had pulled over but they did not approach the victims," a police officer said.