New Delhi: A woman who was raped by her landlord for three years and forced into sex trade, was rescued by her two friends from her rented house here, police said Monday. The accused has been arrested.
The woman, 21, was rescued Sunday from a house in Vasant Vihar in south Delhi.
Vinod Kumar, a property dealer and the landlord at whose house the woman was a tenant, was arrested a few hours after the woman lodged a complaint against him and her medical examination confirmed rape.
The woman who hails from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, had come to Delhi four years ago in search of a job.
One of her friends introduced her to Kumar who gave her his Munirka residence in Vasant Vihar area on rent at a nominal charge. Since then, she was residing there.
Police said three years ago, Kumar offered the victim a drink laced with sedative and raped her.
"When the victim came to know about the act and threatened Kumar she would file a complaint against him, he promised to marry her soon. Thereafter, he repeatedly raped her for over a year on the pretext of marriage," said a police official, citing the woman's statement.
Meanwhile, the woman said in her statement, Kumar made two MMSes -- one in a compromising position with her and another in which he was beating her up.
Kumar threatened to upload the video on internet.
"A year ago, Kumar forced the victim into prostitution and earned money by providing her services to various men," said the official.
The woman somehow managed to inform the friend who had initially introduced her to Kumar.
Posing as customers, the woman's two friends managed to take her out of the rented house and inform the police.