"Please don't tell my parents," she had begged after three Delhi Police personnel came to her rescue.
The PCR had to wail its siren incessantly to be able to steer through the throng of onlookers staring at her ruthlessly assaulted body.
As dozens of men merely looked on, her battered body was covered in a green sheet by her 28-year-old friend and the police officials.
"While her friend was able to limp onto the PCR, the woman had to be carried and carefully put inside. She asked them not to tell her parents about what had happened to her, spitting blood every time she moved her mouth," said an officer.
The PCR staff, struggling to come to terms with the sight before them had to muster courage, a source claimed, to look her in the eye and give her a false reassurance before she fainted. She was told she needn't worry and they would tell her parents she had been in a very bad road accident.
Minutes later, an officer said, the vehicle pulled into the Safdarjung Hospital and the victim was conscious as soon as she was laid on her bed.
"I'm a physiotherapist," she the doctor. "I've done a four-year course and I'm interning at a hospital, too," she had said before fainting again, claimed the PCR personnel.
Police sources said that senior officers have decided to reward the three personnel who, irrespective of their jurisdiction, did their job on fateful Sunday evening.
Of the 83,762 Delhi Police personnel, close to 45,000 are not available for policing. Of these, as many as 7,315 guard just 416 VIPs.