New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) Breaking his silence for the first time, the Delhi gang-rape victim's friend said he wished he could have saved the 23-year-old physiotherapist trainee, who was brutally tortured by six people in a moving bus.
"I wish I could have saved her," the friend, who was with the young woman on the fateful night, told Zee News.
The channel also identified him as Avaindra Pratap Pandey.
The 28-year-old, who is a software engineer, said that no one came forward to help them as they were dumped on the roadside semi-clad and bloodied.
"We were lying in the cold night for 20 minutes. We had no clothes. Many cars and auto-rickshaws came and passed by us but no one stopped to offer us help. Even though I was crying for help," he said.
He also blamed police and hospital authorities.
"Three PCR (Police Control Room vans) came and they left. In the hospital, no one even thought of giving us a quilt," he added.
Recounting the brutal attack, the young man said the attackers also tried to "crush" them under the wheels of the bus.
The young woman was tortured and gang-raped by six men in the moving bus on Dec 16. She was stripped, robbed and then thrown off the bus on the roadside alongwith her friend on the cold December night.
She was taken to a Singapore hospital where she died Dec 29. She was quietly cremated on Dec 30. All the six men, including a juvenille, are now in police custody.