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Student brutally attacked,gang-raped inside private bus

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NEW DELHI  –   A 23-year-old Indian student has been allegedly gang-raped inside a private bus in the capital, Delhi, police say.

The woman was travelling with a male friend on Sunday night when they were attacked. They were brutally beaten, stripped and thrown out of the vehicle.

The duo have been admitted to hospital. The condition of the woman is reported to be “critical”.

Delhi is often called the “rape capital of India” with hundreds of incidents recorded every year in the city.

Correspondents say Delhi can be a very difficult city for women, with sexual harassment commonplace, and rapes and abduction all too frequent.

Police have registered a case and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has promised “strict action” against those responsible.

The woman and her friend had boarded the bus from Munirka area and were on their way to Dwarka in south-west Delhi.

They were returning after watching a film in a mall in south Delhi, police said.

The couple were attacked by six to seven men and some reports said the attackers included the bus staff.

“Such incidents are increasing in Delhi. Police and government should be really alert,” the chairperson of the National Commission for Women Mamata Sharma said.

“We will get an inquiry done and will also enquire with the police as to what action has been taken so far,” she said.

– BBC News