India has been left reeling, following the gang rape and subsequent death of a young female medical student. The tragedy brought media focus on India and crimes against women. With Delhi becoming known as "rape city" protesters took to the streets in an attempt to bring about change. The protests turned increasingly violent but more widespread. Reports of other rapes proved equally shocking, some involving young girls.
When the woman was gang raped on a bus by allegedly six men she was beaten to the extreme. There has been little mention of the man, initially reported as her boyfriend, and how he is coping. Having been beaten also in the terrible attack he has now taken the brave step of being interviewed by the media.
The man's identity has been protected. He is a 28-year-old software firm employee. He has told how the couple boarded a private bus, as finding a rickshaw to take them home, was proving difficult. Understandably he now says that was the biggest mistake of his life.
SkyNews has reported that the couple endured a two and a half hour ordeal before being thrown naked from the bus. He has spoken of his feelings about the "hospital treatment his 23-year-old friend received, the police and at passers-by for failing to help".
The man suffered a broken leg and other injuries in the attack. What the pair experienced was savagery. He recalls, "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."
In an interview in ZeeNew he said,
"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."
After the beaten couple were thrown from the moving bus The man screamed for help but no-one offered assistance. He claims that the traffic continued on its merry way and, although some pedestrians stopped and looked, no offer of help came before the police arrived. Even after the police arrived it was an hour and half before the couple were taken to the hospital.
India is now looking at what it can do to prevent rape being such a frequent crime and there are calls for convicted rapists to face the death penalty. The men involved in the gang rape, if convicted, will undoubtedly be given the death penalty as the victim has died.