One of the six men accused of brutally gang-raping a young woman and assaulting her male friend in New Delhi stunned the court on Wednesday [Dec. 19] with a startling confession.
"I admit to my crime. Hang me", said Vijay Sharma, a 20-year-old gym instructor, according to NDTV.
Another of the accused, a 19-year-old fruit seller, also admitted that he was guilty. "I am ashamed. I have committed…a big crime", said Pawan Gupta.
Sharma and Gupta, along with four other men, stand accused of gang-raping a 23-year-old student on a bus before "savagely" beating her and a male companion. The merciless rape reportedly lasted for many hours.
According to The AP, Police said six men raped the woman and savagely beat her and her companion with iron rods on a bus driving around the city -- passing through several police checkpoints -- before stripping them and dumping them on the side of the road Sunday night.
Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar said four men have been arrested and a search was underway for the other two.
The young woman, reportedly a paramedical student, is said to be in a hospital in critical condition. According to the Hindustan Times, she underwent a fifth surgery on Wednesday, during which portions of her intestine were removed. Doctors say the woman "has lost most of her intestine".
The horrific gang rape and near-fatal assault has reportedly "triggered outrage and anger" across India. The AP reports throngs of Indians flooded the streets in protest on Wednesday, demanding "action from authorities who have long ignored persistent violence and harassment against women”.