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Refused money, extortionist tries to rape elderly woman

The vagabond demanded Rs 10,000 from the 50-year-old victim, a resident of Railway Colony in Connaught Place

On being refused extortion money, a man tried to rape a 50-year-old woman in Connaught Place on August 29. The accused, a vagabond who already has six more cases registered against him, allegedly demanded Rs 10,000 from Rajwati (name changed), a resident of Railway Colony in the area, and her husband.

Confirming the incident, a senior police official said when the victim refused to pay, the accused, identified as Sunny, tried to rape her. He said Sunny was on the run after the incident and an FIR under Section 376/511 (attempt to rape) of IPC has been lodged against him at the Barakhamba Road police station.

On the day of the incident, Sunny approached Rajwati and her husband and demanded Rs 10,000, "for being allowed to live in the area peacefully". "On being refused, he started beating the couple, following which Rajwati fled towards the railway line. He then followed her and tried to rape her. The victim raised an alarm, hearing which a boy came there. The accused then fled from the spot," said the police.

Later, when the victim was going to the police station, the accused intercepted her on the way and threatened her. "Rajwati wanted to report the incident the same day but the accused threatened her of dire consequences. Finally on 3 September, she gathered courage to file a complaint, on the basis of which an FIR was lodged," said a police official. "We are looking into the matter. The accused is absconding but will be caught soon," he said.

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