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India rape victim’s friend recounts ordeal

NEW DELHI — The companion of a woman who was gang-raped aboard a bus in New Delhi recounted in a television interview for the first time Friday how the pair was attacked for 2½ hours before being thrown on the side of the road, where passersby ignored them and police debated jurisdiction issues before helping them.

The Dec. 16 attack has outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws and reforms of a police culture that often blames rape victims and refuses to file charges against alleged attackers. The nation’s top law enforcement official said the country needs to crack down on crimes against women with ‘‘an iron hand.’’

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