A capital shame: Danish tourist robbed and gang-raped

Jan 16, 2014, 11:18 IST | Agencies

The 51-year-old was on her way to her hotel in Paharganj when she lost her way; she stopped to ask for directions and was gang-raped by a group of six men at knifepoint

New Delhi: A 51-year-old Danish woman was robbed and raped by a group of men near the New Delhi railway station. The Danish woman, who came to India on January 1, had gone to visit a museum on Tuesday evening but lost her way to her hotel in Paharganj, a tourist hub in the heart of Delhi.

A corner of the yard of the SE Road Railway Officers Club where the Danish tourist was raped in New Delhi. Pic/AFP

Around 4 pm, a group of men lured her to an isolated spot where she was robbed of her iPad and cash and then raped by six men, one of who had a knife, police said. She was kept hostage for more than three hours, and somehow reached her hotel around 7 pm. A police officer said the woman was ‘highly traumatised’ when she reached the police station. “She was bruised on her face and neck.”

The manager of her hotel called the police around 9.30 pm. Law-enforcement officials in Delhi are holding 15 men in custody following the gang rape. “Police have identified the men involved in the crime and are conducting further investigation,” said special commissioner of the police Deepak Mishra. “They are all vagabonds,” an official said.

The Danish embassy has been informed and the woman is expected to leave for Denmark today. According to police, the woman - who had returned to Delhi on Monday after visiting Agra - has said she will return to India to depose if needed. Condemning the rape, ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stressed the need for fast track courts, and for bringing Delhi Police under the purview of the state government. “This is a dangerous situation, and he (Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal) has spoken to the lieutenant-governor.

Now the LG, the chief minister and the police commissioner will meet to review the rape incidents that have occurred in the last one year,” said Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia, adding, “We will also request the Chief Justice of India to take all the rape cases to fast track courts, so that the strictest punishment is meted out to the culprits.”

Female tourists attacked in India
>> A 33-year-old Polish woman was allegedly raped by a cab driver and abandoned near the Nizamuddin railway station on January 3.
>> Last March, a Swiss tourist was gang raped and her partner was attacked by a group of men in Madhya Pradesh. Six men were jailed for life in July.
>> Last March, a British woman said she was forced to jump out of her hotel room window to avoid a sexual attack in Agra
>> Back in December 2013, a Yoga instructor was arrested for raping his 25-year-old student, a Dutch woman in Goa. The accused, Krishna Sharma, who is in his thirties and hails from Uttar Pradesh, was arrested at Dabolim airport when he was trying to escape after the incident, police said.

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