In a shocking incident that showed India in a bad light once again, a 51-year-old Danish woman was gang-raped, robbed and thrashed by more than half-a-dozen men at knife point.
The reprehensible incident took place in the premises of the Railway Officers Club in Connaught Place on Tuesday evening and the woman’s ordeal lasted for five hours. When the hapless woman tourist was being brutalised by the rapists, a group of 20 labourers was working in the vicinity, but surprisingly, nobody heard any noise.
To add insult to injury, one of the rapists stole her jeans and she was forced to wear the dirty and torn pajamas of the accused in order to get to her hotel in Nabi Karim. Central District Police arrested all the eight accused on Wednesday evening.
All the accused are vagabonds and drug addicts. After recording her statement with the police, the victim who refused to undergo a medical examination flew back to Denmark on Wednesday morning, promising to extend all cooperation in the case. Sources said the victim will undergo a medical examination in Demark.
Police said the victim, who had come to India on January 1, was staying at Hotel Amax Inn in Nabi Karim. “After arriving at Delhi from Agra on Monday evening, she had checked into the hotel. She left the hotel on Tuesday afternoon to visit the National Museum at India Gate. On her way back to the hotel at around 4 pm, she lost her way and mistakenly entered the State Entry Road,” a police officer said, adding that after walking for around 10 meters, she reached the dead end of the road following which she approached a group of youths asking them for directions. The youths directed her to enter the Railway Officers Club.
The victim, in her statement (a copy of which is with The Pioneer), told the police that the youths, aged around 17-18 years suddenly came out from the nearby bushes and dragged her behind a statue. They slapped her and took her money (750 Euros and Rs 3,000), I-pad mini, mobile phone, book, watch and glasses.
“They whipped out a long knife and placed it on my throat. All of them raped me and some of them raped me twice. They said they would kill me and threatened me with the knife. After approximately five hours I was let off,” says her complaint.
Since the gate of the club was closed by this time, she had to climb up the 10-feet-high gate and jump out to find her way back home. The victim returned to her hotel in an e-rickshaw and informed the hotel manager and the Embassy of Denmark. The Hotel Manager Kuljeet called the police who reached the hotel and took a written complaint from the victim. However, she refused to go to the site of the crime for verification.
Police revealed that the woman had been brutally attacked on her face and body. The investigating officers reached the spot late at night and examined it. They recovered one used condom and the victim’s lingerie from the location.
“An NGO was called in and despite persuasion the woman refused to undergo a medical examination. She had a 7am flight and left the Capital,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Central Range) Sandeep Goel.
The Central District police launched a manhunt and two of the suspects were rounded up in Sahibabad in neighbouring Ghaziabad district and another was picked up from Jama Masjid area in the Walled City. They have been identified as Pawan alias Ganja and Raju and are being questioned alongwith one Bhajni. Sources said that all the rapists have been taken into preventive custody and investigations were on to prepare a tight case against them since the victim has already left for her country.
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