Delhi gang-rape: Damini’s boyfriend speaks out

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Delhi gang-rape: Damini’s boyfriend speaks out

New Delhi: The boyfriend of a young Indian student whose gang-rape and murder sparked nationwide fury recounted Friday the savagery inflicted on her and his own trauma over his failed efforts to fend off the rapists before “begging them again and again”.

The 28-year-old man, who suffered a fractured leg and other injuries in the December 16 attack, is currently at his parents’ home in rural northern India where he is taking time out from his job at a software firm in New Delhi.

“What can I say? The cruelty I saw should not be seen ever. I tried to fight against the men but later I begged them again and again to leave her,” he told AFP in an interview by phone from Gorakhpur, a town in Uttar Pradesh state.

The couple had been out to watch a movie that night and decided to get into a private bus when several rickshaws had refused to drive them back to the victim’s home in a New Delhi suburb.

Once in the bus, he was attacked and his 23-year-old girlfriend was gang-raped by six allegedly drunk men, including the driver, who also violated her with an iron bar causing immense internal damage that would lead to her death last weekend.

The horrifying crime has appalled India and brought simmering anger about widespread crime against women to the boil amid angry calls for better protection by police and changed social attitudes.

The boyfriend, who asked not to be named, also recounted how passersby had failed to come to their rescue after they were thrown out of the moving vehicle at the end of their nearly hour-long ordeal.

Delhi gang-rape: Damini’s boyfriend speaks out

Students demonstrate in Hyderabad on January 3, 2013 against violence on women. © AFP/File

He was critical of police for failing to be sensitive to his and his girlfriend’s mental condition and also raised questions about the emergency care given in the public hospital where she was admitted.

“A passerby found us (after the attack), but he did not even give my friend his jacket. We waited for the police to come and save us,” he told AFP.

Later Friday, he appeared for the first time in public since the attack, giving an anguished interview to Hindi-language Indian cable channel Zee News.

The police have arrested six suspects for the crime — five men and a minor believed to be aged 17 — who were charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in a city court on Thursday.

 ”I was not very confident about getting into the bus but my friend was running late, so we got into it. This was the biggest mistake I made and after that everything went out of control.”

The driver of the bus allegedly then made lewd remarks and his accomplices joined him “to taunt” the couple.

The boyfriend told the driver to stop the bus, but by then his accomplices had locked the two doors.

“They hit me with a small stick and dragged my friend to a seat near the driver’s cabin.”

After that the “driver and the other men raped my friend and hit her in the worst possible ways in the most private parts of her body.”

“I cannot tell you what I feel when I think of it. I shiver in pain,” he said.

He said the police who came to their rescue took his girlfriend to a government hospital, but failed to take into account his injuries and mental trauma.

“I was treated like an object by the police… They wanted all the help to solve the case even before getting me the right treatment. Nobody witnessed the trauma I suffered,” he said.

He said he was also “not satisfied by the treatment provided to the victim by the doctors” at the Safdarjung Hospital, a government-run institution.

“I requested the police to shift her to a private hospital; the cleanliness, hygiene of the place just did not feel right,” he said.

“I am not a doctor but I could say that there was a lot of delay. Treatment was not given to both of us at the right time.”

His girlfriend died on December 29 in a specialist hospital in Singapore hospital after a 13-day struggle to survive injuries so grievous that her intestines had to be removed.

She underwent three major surgeries and suffered a cardiac arrest in India before being flown to Singapore for treatment.

Two doctors from a top private hospital who were part of the team who monitored her condition in India denied that the public hospital had failed in its duty to the victims.

“Anywhere in the world the prognosis was not very good to start with,” said Yatin Mehta, a highly experienced critical care specialist at the private Medanta hospital.

“The Safdarjung doctors did a pretty commendable job,” he added, echoing comments from cardiac surgeon Naresh Trihan, who was also involved in later efforts to save the woman.

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17 Responses to " Delhi gang-rape: Damini’s boyfriend speaks out "

  1. Jsunilgoswamic says:

    mai puri tarah se sahmat hu sonia g se aise logo k sath aisa he karna chaiye jiske baad aise log ye sab karne ki soche b nhi

  2. Srawankumar says:

    India ko sudharne ke liy 6 fasi hona hi chahiye

  3. shaifali bisht says:

    bilkul thik kaha soniya ji. ese log mrne ke bi kaabil nhi h………inko esi sja milni  chahiye thi jise dekh kr or jo bi esa krne  ki soche uski tk ruh kaap uthe……

  4. Manpreet says:

    uako fance ke saja de do . i requst me ……….

  5. Sharadakhatri says:

    Gov should ponish to victim as soon as possible.

  6. sunita isaacs says:

    i believe the guy. i am sure the doctors and police must not have taken the case seriously cos they commonly see such cases. little did they know that this will be a worldwide news/

  7. ankush says:

    if they goes in jail then indian government is c…..
    burn them alive..so that they feal what is pain…

  8. Naazneenyas11 says:

    EVEN IN LAW LAST WISH IS ASKED OF DIEING VICTIM. THEN WHY NOT LISTEN TO DAMINIS LAST WISH. BURN ALL THE 6 CRIMINALS ALIVE WITH OUT THINKNG OF ANY LAW FURTHER. DAMINI KI AAKHRI MAANG PURI KARO.

  9. Sona says:

    20days passed no action taken indian govt

  10. Angel says:

    must show the 6 rapists photo must c their evil face

  11. Sonia Pandey says:

    Aise logo ko fasi ya umarkaid ke bajay inhe apahiz kar dena chahiye inki aankhen fod deni chahiye hath pair kat dene chahiye fir inse kam karana chahiye aur azad chhod dena chahiye taki aur log inki halat dekhe to thoda darenge

  12. PANKAJ JSMITH MISHRA says:

    RAPIST FOR DEATH

  13. GOGADEVJS 02 says:

    DAMINI HAS DEAD BUT SHE HAS PUT A BIG QUESTION MARK !!!!!! ON ARE LAW AN ON POLTECIONS !! I SHAME ON ME THAT ME AND MY FAMILY IS PART OF THIS COUNTRY.

  14. I think that there alot more to this story as alot is very secretive… whats there to hide… the nation has spoken and are disgusted with the way in which this entire situation came about and in which it was handled…and still the family fear their integrity??? the nation is behind them.. everyone wants justice…reveal Damini’s Identity. 

    • tanya singh says:

      our indian sucks…till today they haven’t taken any action against those devils…..the case will remain in the court and then finally one day will release from prison and start searching for another damini……..this crime will never end in india

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