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Delhi again: Danish woman ‘gangraped’, beaten up, robbed

Foreign tourists walk past Delhi police officers in Paharganj which houses hundreds of budget hotels. (AP) Foreign tourists walk past Delhi police officers in Paharganj which houses hundreds of budget hotels. (AP)
Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Posted: January 15, 2014 9:35 am | Updated: January 15, 2014 9:44 pm

A 51-year-old Danish woman was allegedly gangraped, robbed and beaten up at knife point by eight men inside the premises of the Railway Officers’ Club, barely 50 metres from the VIP entrance to Platform No. 1 of the New Delhi railway station in central Delhi’s Paharganj area, on Tuesday evening.

While the woman mentioned in her complaint that she was raped for “approximately five hours”, police sources said she was held captive from 4 pm to 8 pm. Several persons have been detained and are being questioned. The police claimed to have identified the accused and said arrests were likely to be made by Wednesday evening.

According to the woman’s statement, she was walking to her hotel in Paharganj when she lost her way and reached the State Entry Road leading to the railway station. She said the road led to a dead end, so she asked some youths if she could take another deserted road on the left. When they replied in the affirmative, she turned towards that road.

Her complaint further said that when she took that road, eight men jumped out from behind some bushes and cornered her. She was reportedly dragged to an isolated spot inside the premises of the Railway Officers’ Club, adjacent to the officers’ resthouse building, and held hostage at knife point.

She alleged that she was beaten up by the men who also robbed her of her belongings. “They snatched my iPod, watch, book, glasses, 750 Euros and Rs 3,000 in cash. When I tried to resist, they placed a sharp knife to my throat and said that they would kill me,” she said in her complaint.

The eight men then reportedly took turns to rape her. According to her complaint, some of them even raped her twice. “After approximately five hours, they let me go. I then took a tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) to my hotel,” she said.

According to sources, investigations have revealed that after raping the woman, the accused climbed the wall of the club and fled towards the construction site near the railway station.

Sources said one of the men even took away her jeans, and the victim had to wear his pants that were left behind. She reached her hotel, Amax Inn in Paharganj, at around 8:30 pm and informed the manager, who then informed the station house officer of the area.

“She checked in on January 13. She told us that she has a flight to Denmark early on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday morning, she left the hotel at around 11 am, saying she was going for a walk. She returned at around 8:30 pm. She had bruises on her hands and face and was very scared. She asked us to call the manager immediately,” an employee at the hotel told The Indian Express.

“Senior police officials and some officials from the Danish Embassy came to record her statement. She was asked to go for a medical examination, but she refused to step out of the hotel. She left at around 7 am today. An Embassy official had come to take her to the airport,” said the employee.

Police said the medical examination would be conducted in Denmark. “We have registered a case in the matter and have zeroed in on a few suspects. The investigation is on. We are in touch with the Embassy officials here in India. A detailed medical examination, which is the most important evidence, will be conducted in Denmark and a report will be sent to the Delhi Police,” said DCP, Central District, Alok Kumar.

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