The reason why it is unforgivable for BBC to highlight the brutal rapist’s version on International Women’s Day, is all there in the Zee News interview with Nirbhaya’s friend who was also the victim and witness to the gory assault
Tuesday night, television channels had heated debates on BBC’s film on the rapist’s take on his savage and brutal rape of Nirbhaya, which was scheduled to be telecast on International Women’s Day on 8th March. However, thankfully, the film has been banned to be televised in India.
The clips shown to kick up media hype of this film was shocking and degrading to young Nirbhaya, who had valiantly fought the crass rapists and his five friends, along with her friend. She had even given a police statement through her bouts of coughing and vomiting in the hospital bed where she lay critical.
TV anchors who were merely doing a ping-pong between panelists completely forgot that Zee News had done a heart wrenching interview of Nirbhaya’s friend, Avnindra Pandey, a few days after the incident occurred.
Here are highlights (excerpts) of the truth of the savage rape as narrated by Nirbhaya’s friend and witness to the Zee News journalist, which could probably be the most heinous sexual assault that the country may have ever registered. (For full interview see this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43uArAZH8Lo
• Even an animal has his ways of hunting his prey – he clutches its neck so that the prey is killed without much pain. This act in the bus was far worse – even now I cannot tell you all that Nirbhaya said in the police statement – removing her organs, beating her up, body part by body part, with iron rods. It’s unimaginable that a human being can do this to another human being who is alive. They beat me on my head with an iron rod so I was unconscious for a while in bus – it is only when Nirbhaya narrated to the police, that I knew the depth of savagery
• Nirbhaya was happy when I met her though she was critical. She could write and told me she is going to bounce back. She had never ever given up on life even then. She was on ventilator when she gave 3-4 pages of her statement to the police. She removed her ventilator and told the lady sub divisional magistrate of the brutality. She was coughing, she was vomiting, and doctors said it was time for her medicines but she said no’. She wanted to tell her story so that he gets severe punishment. She had said her rapist should be burnt to death. However, her excruciating efforts to tell her story went futile as next day SDM said Nirbhaya stated all this under pressure.
• After we sat in the bus, we saw that all curtains were drawn and the rapist and his gang of five were pretending to be passengers. They had all planned it and first, three of them came and started attacking, then another three joined when they found we were strong. For two to two and a half hours, the bus was moving and although we screamed and shouted for help, no one could hear us.
• In order to remove all identity, they stripped us off all our clothes and belongings and threw us out of the bus, under the flyover. They wanted to crush us to death but did not manage that. We had no clothes on, I was screaming for help; Nirbhaya was profusely bleeding – two-wheelers, three wheelers, four wheelers were slowing down and then speeding away, not stopping for help.
• Then, after about 45 minutes two PCR vans came and policemen came one by one but for half an hour or so they were discussing as to which police station it comes under. I was pleading to them to bring an ambulance and take my friend to the hospital but they did not do so – instead all of them were seeing the tamasha. Then one policeman threw a wet seat cover at me and asked me to cover me and my friend.
• They refused to put my friend in the PCR van so I picked her up and put her in it. The police did not want their hands to be soaked in blood.
• Instead of rushing us to a good private hospital, the police took us to Safdarjung Public hospital. They dumped us there and went away. I was begging for clothes, asking for someone to remove curtains and cover us but the hospital personnel would say `yes’ and then say nothing is available.
• Finally, I begged someone to use his mobile and call up my relatives. What can I say to my relative? I told him, I have met with an accident so he should come to Safdarjung…after that treatment started.
• If she was treated in a good hospital from the beginning, she would probably had been with us today…the decision of the government to provide her a particular treatment or send her to a hospital in Singapore depended on how much pressure it got from the public protests. It is like you don’t give me water when I’m thirsty and then try to give it to me when I am dying…it means you are taking advantage of my death!