The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that a 23-year-old girl was gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi on Sunday.
In its notices to the Union Home Secretary and the Delhi Police Commissioner, the NHRC said such acts are grave human rights violations.
The incident has highlighted the declining public confidence in the law and order machinery in the city, especially with respect to women’s safety, as a number of such incidents have been reported in the recent past. They have been asked to submit a report within two weeks.
Reportedly, the victim and her male friend boarded a chartered bus from Munirka in South Delhi for Palam around 9.30 pm.
There were only four other passengers on board, who were probably associates of the driver.
After beating up the male friend with iron rods, they dragged the girl into the driver’s cabin and gang-raped her.
Both the victims were stripped and robbed of their belongings. They were thrown out near the Mahipalpur flyover on the National Highway 8 around 10.15 pm.
A security guard alerted police who rushed the victims to the Safdarjung Hospital where the girl is batting for life, the NHRC noted.