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6 arrested in new rape of a bus passenger in India

NEW DELHI — Police said Sunday they have arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in India, four weeks after an attack on a student on a bus in the capital outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws.

A 29-year-old woman was the only passenger on a bus as she was traveling to her village in northern Punjab state on Friday night, police officer Raj Jeet Singh said. The driver refused to stop at her village despite her pleas and drove her to a desolate location, he said.

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There, the driver and the conductor took her to a building where five friends joined them and took turns raping her throughout the night, Singh said. The driver dropped the woman off at her village early Saturday, he said. She ­described the attack to relatives, who called police.

Also on Saturday, police ­arrested a 32-year-old man on allegations of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl two weeks ago in Ahmednagar District in western India, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Her body was found Friday.

The rape of a student on a New Delhi bus in December led to the woman’s death and set off a debate about what India needs to do to prevent such tragedies. In her first published comments, the mother of the student said Sunday that all six suspects in that case deserve to die.

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