Indian police have arrested six men in another gang rape of a female bus passenger, only weeks after a similar sexual assault sent shockwaves around the world and triggered nationwide protests over the treatment of women.
The suspects, including the bus driver, were arrested Friday night in Punjab, CNN reports. A manhunt for a remaining suspect was reportedly under way Sunday.
Police said the attack against the 29-year-old married woman occurred after the bus driver sped past her stop. By that time, she was the only remaining passenger.
The bus driver and another man then took the woman to an undisclosed location where they were joined by five other men. Police say all seven men sexually assaulted the woman throughout the night. The next day, the suspects dropped her off at her village, where the victim immediately alerted police.
“They threatened me with a sharp edged weapon and did wrong things with me," the victim told CNN's sister station, CNN-IBN. "They kept me confined all through the night and forced me to do what they want."
All of the arrested suspects have reportedly confessed to the crime.
The alleged attack follows a brutal Dec. 16 gang rape in New Delhi where the attackers also assaulted a woman after she boarded a bus. The men severely beat the 23-year-old woman and her male companion before raping her, robbing them, and then dumping their bodies on the side of the road.
The woman eventually died from massive internal injuries while undergoing treatment in Singapore.
Five men have been charged with rape and murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. The sixth suspect, who claims to be 17, will likely be tried in juvenile court.
In her first published comments, the mother of the deceased victim told The Times of India that before she died, her daughter claimed the youngest suspect had committed the most brutal aspects of the rape.
"Now the only thing that will satisfy us is to see them punished. For what they did to her, they deserve to die," the newspaper quoted the mother as saying.
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