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  • 14 January 2013, 3:36

India Gang Rape: New Attack On Bus Passenger

Six men have been arrested after a woman travelling on a bus in India was gang-raped - just weeks after a similar attack provoked outrage.

The latest victim had boarded the bus to her village when she was abducted and taken on a motorbike to a house in Gurdaspur district, bordering the city of Amritsar, in the northern Punjab province.

The driver and conductor were joined by another five men and they took it in turns to rape the woman throughout Friday night, before she was dropped off at her village in the morning.

Police officerRaj Jeet Singh said a seventh suspect was being hunted.

"After raping the victim throughout the night, one of the accused dropped her near her in-laws' house the next morning where she narrated the whole incident to her sister-in-laws," he said.

The extent of the victim's injuries are yet to be established.

Last month a 23-year-old medical student died after being gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, sparking nationwide protests about violence against women.

The five men charged with murder over the December 16 attack appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

The victim, and her male companion who was beaten up by the assailants, were thrown off the moving bus. Shedied in hospital 13 days later.

The accused, who could face the death penalty if convicted, are also charged with kidnap, robbery and conspiracy.

There is a sixth suspect who claims he is 17 - if this is confirmed, he is likely to be tried in a juvenile court where the maximum sentence is three years in a reform facility.

Protesters have called for the police to be more vigilant and sensitive to the growing incidence of sexual assault.

Sky's India correspondent Alex Rossi said the latest attack was "strikingly similar" to the Delhi rape - but it remains to be seen if it will prompt demonstrations on the same scale.

He said:"The woman has been sent for a medical examination, and they have started the wheels of justice.

"The alleged culprits will appear in court on either Monday or Tuesday."

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