Indian student gang-raped, thrown off bus in New Delhi

Updated 17 December 2012
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Indian student gang-raped, thrown off bus in New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Indian police were searching New Delhi Monday for the men who gang-raped a 23-old-student and threw her off a bus in an attack that has sparked fresh concern for the safety of women in the city.
The woman accompanied by a male friend boarded a bus on Sunday night and was attacked by at least four men and gang-raped, police said.
Some media reports said the attackers also included staff of the bus.
The victim’s companion was battered with iron rods before the men took turns and raped her, police officials said.
The couple were then thrown off the moving bus, seriously injuring the woman, they said.
“When they boarded the bus, there were a few other men as well in the vehicle,” area police chief Chhaya Sharma told reporters.
“As of now, we can confirm the involvement of four men,” she said, adding police artists have drawn sketches of the attackers from descriptions given by the victims.
Sharma said the female victim was in intensive care in a city hospital where her companion is also being treated.
The attack sparked new calls for greater security for women in New Delhi, which registered 568 rapes in 2011 compared to 218 in India’s financial capital Mumbai the same year.
“This is a shocking incident. I hope that the guilty are punished for the heinous crime,” said Kiran Walia, women and child development minister in the Delhi state government.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit promised “precautions” to prevent such attacks in the future but did not elaborate.
New Delhi’s shiny new metro has reserved a carriage in every train for woman while several police stations in university and other areas have all-female staff to try and stem rising crime against women.
Rape cases in India more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, according to official data.


Third of DR Congo Ebola cases are children: UN

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Third of DR Congo Ebola cases are children: UN

BENI, DR CONGO: Children account for a third of Ebola cases in an outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with hundreds orphaned or isolated, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Nearly 300 people have died from the highly contagious disease since August in the restive east around the city of Beni.
The UN children’s agency UNICEF said the organization and its partners had identified more than 400 children who have been orphaned or isolated during the outbreak.
“We are deeply concerned by the growing number of children confirmed to have contracted Ebola,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Marie-Pierre Poirier, returning from Beni.
“The earlier children infected with Ebola receive treatment in a specialized health facility, the greater their chances of survival. Community mobilization and public awareness activities are also crucial.”
After it was declared on August 1 — the tenth outbreak in DR Congo since 1976 — at least 285 people have died, according to the last health ministry update on December 9.
Nearly 44,000 people have been vaccinated.
The outbreak has hit an area already struggling with violence from armed groups.
In November, medical and vaccination efforts were briefly suspended and health workers evacuated after clashes between UN peacekeepers and fighters from the local Allied Democratic Forces militia.