'Have they been caught?' gang-rape survivor reportedly asked; friend identifies one of the accused

'Have they been caught?' gang-rape survivor reportedly asked; friend identifies one of the accused

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New Delhi The male friend of the victim in the Delhi gang-rape case has identified one of the accused in an identification parade today. He took a minute to identify one of the accused out of 11 men who were brought in front of him, say police sources.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old girl who is battling for her life bravely after the brutal gang-rape asked her family members, "Have they been caught?"

Sources said the girl, who remained critical but stable, cannot speak as she has a tube in her mouth and communicates by writing on paper. (Read: Braveheart victim alert and conscious, say doctors). "She is aware that the media has taken up the case. The girl asked her family whether the accused have been caught," they said.

Doctors say their immediate and foremost concern was to get the young woman - whose almost entire intestine has been surgically removed - out of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and make her stable.

The friend of the medical student has been helping the police in its investigation. The young man was attacked by a group of drunk and leering men, who then raped his friend in a bus in Delhi on Sunday night. He shared his version of what happened in a Delhi court yesterday.

Four men, including the driver of the chartered bus, have been arrested in the case while two are on the run.

On Sunday night, the girl and her male friend, both from Uttar Pradesh, boarded a bus after watching a movie. The six men, who were already on board, began harassing the girl. He tried to stop them. They turned on him with an iron rod, striking his head over and over. She then tried to rescue him. Furious, the six men began hitting her. Then they took turns raping her while one of them kept the bus circling on South Delhi's roads.

(With inputs from PTI)

Story First Published: December 20, 2012 23:22 IST