Arrests made in second Indian bus rape attack

  • Police in the north Indian state of Punjab have arrested six men for the alleged gang rape of a woman on a bus, just weeks after a similar attack in the capital New Delhi.

    According to officials, a 29-year-old woman was the only passenger on a bus as she travelled back to her village on Friday night.

    Police officials said the driver refused to stop at her village and drove her to an isolated location not far from the city of Amritsar.

    The two men were joined by five friends and took turns raping her throughout the night. She was dropped off at her village in the early hours of Saturday, police said.

    The severity of her injuries are not yet known.

    The six suspects were arrested on Saturday and appeared in a local court Sunday.

    Last month, a medical student died of her injuries after being raped on a bus in New Delhi.

    Five men have been charged with her murder and are awaiting trial.

    If convicted, they will face the death penalty.

    A sixth suspect, who is believed to be 17, will be tried separately in a juvenile court if it is confirmed he is a minor.