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6 arrested in new rape of a bus passenger in India

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 13, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.

— Police said they arrested six men on Saturday in another gang rape of a bus passenger in India, four weeks after a deadly attack on a student on a moving bus in the capital outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws.

Police officer Raj Jeet Singh said a 29-year-old woman was traveling by bus to her village in northern Punjab state on Friday night and was the only passenger. He said the driver and conductor are accused of driving her to a desolate location and then taking her to a nearby building, where they were joined by five friends in raping her repeatedly throughout the night.

The driver dropped the woman off at her village early Saturday, he said.

Singh said police arrested six suspects on Saturday and were searching for another.

The brutal rape of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus in December set off an impassioned debate about what India needs to do to prevent such tragedies. Protesters and politicians have called for tougher rape laws, major police reforms and a transformation in the way the country treats women.

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