After watching the movie in Saket in south Delhi, they had reached Munrika, also in south Delhi, where the private bus was parked by a road. It was late evening on Dec 16.
The crew told them they were headed to Dwarka in west Delhi.
It was a lie. The unsuspecting couple had no reason to disbelieve them. It was a terrible blunder.
The bus with tinted windows and curtains was under the control of a group of men with criminal mindset, the driver and conductor included.
During the day, the bus ferried school students. At night, the owner left the bus with the crew, unmindful of what they did.
Unknown to the young couple, the men on board the bus had sometime earlier robbed a man of money and dumped him. He went to police, who did not take his complaint seriously.
It was the second blunder of the day that was to lead to a horrific crime that stunned and shamed India.
Image: This photograph taken on December 18, 2012 shows policemen inspecting an impounded bus, suspected to be the vehicle where five men and a youth gang-raped a student while driving around the city, at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi. A gang of rapists who savagely assaulted a woman on a bus in New Delhi tried to run her over after the fatal attack, reports said on January 2, 2013, citing a police account of the incident.