Six men have been arrested over the rape of a passenger on a coach in India, police said Sunday, weeks after the gang-rape and murder of a student on a bus in New Delhi sparked nationwide protests.

The victim had boarded the service to her in-laws’ home in the northern state of Punjab when she was abducted Friday and driven to a district bordering the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, a local police officer said.

“Six men have been arrested on allegations of having raped the woman... after forcibly taking her to an unknown location on the night of January 11,” the policeman said, adding that a seventh suspect was being hunted.

He said the extent of her injuries had yet to be established.

The attack is disturbingly similar to the December 16 gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in Delhi. Partap Singh Bajwa, a local Congress Party politician, blamed the police for not enforcing stringent checks on buses operating in the state.

“It all happened due to laxity of police as they never bother to check out the buses moving on national highways during night time,” Bajwa said.AFP