Delhi gang-rape: Do we have the moral standing to protest? Not really
New Delhi: Since the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi on December 16, vociferous protests have been happening and people are on the streets.
All those people questioning the system, you were the ones who let them lie naked, bleeding and abandoned on the road. When will we learn that we are the system.
So does an angry nation has the right to protest? Well not after hearing the version of the victim's male friend.
For the first time, he has narrated the gory tales of what they actually underwent on that fateful night.
The only witness in the case, he said no one came to their help after they were thrown off the bus by the six accused. Even after the police arrived, it took the cops over two hours to take them to hospital.
“Before throwing us off the bus, they snatched our mobiles and tore off our clothes in order to destroy any evidence of the crime. After throwing us off the bus, they tried to mow us down but I saved my friend by pulling her away in the nick of time. We were without clothes. We tried to stop people passing by. Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but no one stopped for about 25 minutes. Then, someone on patrolling, stopped and called the police,” he told Zee News.
The victim’s friend rued the fact that three PCR vans arrived at the scene after about 45 minutes, but wasted time in deciding under which police station’s jurisdiction the case fell.
He said nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance. “They were just watching us,” he said, adding that after repeated requests, someone gave him a part of a bed sheet to cover his friend.
“My friend was bleeding profusely. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a hospital that was far away.”
The victim’s friend said that he carried his badly injured friend to the PCR van on his own as the policemen didn’t help them because the girl was bleeding profusely.
“Nobody from the public helped us. People were probably afraid that if they helped us, they would become witnesses to the crime and would be asked to come to police stations and courts,” he told the channel.
“Even at the hospital, we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I borrowed a stranger’s mobile and called my relatives, but just told them that I had met with an accident. My treatment started only after my relatives came,” he said.
“I was hit on the head. I was not able to walk. I was not able to move my hands for two weeks,” he said, detailing the injuries he suffered on that horrific night.
Hope the tragedy awakens our dead conscience and forces us to stand up for humanity in future!
(With inputs from Zee News)