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Gangrape of Danish woman raises safety concerns for foreign tourists in India

Tuesday's incident is the latest in a series of sexual assaults on foreign women.

New Delhi | Published: January 15, 2014 9:14 pm
Tuesday's incident is the latest in a series of sexual assaults on foreign women. Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a series of sexual assaults on foreign women.

A 51-year old Danish National was allegedly gangraped on Tuesday evening in Connaught Place, when she lost her way back to the hotel.
The Danish woman alleged that she was taken to a secluded place before being robbed, beaten and gangraped by the men at knife point.

Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a series of sexual assaults on foreign women.

In August, a 28-year-old American national travelling from Churchgate was assaulted and attacked with a blade by an unknown person inside a suburban railway train near Marine Lines. The victim, Michel Mark, who was working with an NGO, was on her way home at Goregaon.

A 30-year-old American tourist was allegedly gangraped by a truck driver and two others in a truck in Manali in June. The victim was also robbed of her belongings. The three accused, all reported to be 19-24 years old, were suspected to be local youths.

Two days after the incident of gangrape of the Swiss tourist, a 25-year-old UK woman jumped off a hotel room in Agra to save herself from an alleged sexual assault bid. The tourist, who had checked into the hotel in Idgah area of the city, had claimed that a man entered her room for giving her a massage and tried to molest her.

In March, a Swiss woman, who was on a cycle holiday with her husband, was reportedly gangraped at a secluded spot in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia town. In her complaint, the 39-year-old Swiss national had alleged that a group of eight men attacked them and beat her husband up.

Later in February, a Chinese woman working as a trainee at a Gurgaon firm alleged rape by a party organiser in Delhi’s Hauz Khas area. In her complaint, she had said that the man called her to his home on January 30 where he raped her. Following the incident, China had issued an advisory for its citizens, especially women, staying in India to be on alert and avoid going out alone.

In January 2013, a South Korean woman was allegedly drugged and raped in Madhya Pradesh. In her complaint filed two weeks after the incident, the 23-year-old tourist had alleged that she was raped by a waiter of a hotel in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh.

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  1. T
    Jan 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    My wife and I have crossed India as a safe place to visit again. We love the Indian people, their culture and the country but it is getting too violent.
    1. g
      Jan 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm
      A lot of stores about Indian men raping women, pretty sure this isn't something new, but more to do with the internet exposing reality in India. Doesn't speak well to the content of character for Indian men.
      1. Kesava Chandran
        Jan 16, 2014 at 1:39 am
        Along with pports prudence indicates Pepper Spray in the vanity bag.
        1. F
          Jan 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm
          Can we put all these on Preet Bharara somehow? These days everyone is blaming him for everything in the world.
          1. S
            S V Raghavan
            Jan 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm
            When proper licensing procedures are not followed for driving owning motor vehicles like trucks, buses, taxis, auto rickshaws, etc. people who cannot get work in the mainstream take to this profession, main being, un educated ruffians.What the society gets is RAPE, RECKLESS DRIVERS & unlawful goons.Children of the powerful & mighty rich too break the law with impunity & get away.When even law dispensers are being charged with molestation.Its sad that Indians have lost all morals & discipline.
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