A city court on Monday advised the Delhi Police to “think out of the box” while investigating the gangrape of a 51-year-old Danish national near New Delhi railway station on January 14.
The remarks were made by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhanshu Kaushik after police told court that they were not in “direct touch” with the victim.
“We have contacted her through the Embassy… and at present a letter is being drafted to initiate a communication between her and police,” the prosecution told the magistrate. The victim had left the country after the incident on January 15.
According to police sources, her medical examination was conducted in Denmark, where “severe injuries” were found on her body.
“Since she cannot come to India, we have proposed that a team from India goes there,” the prosecution said.
“Every case requires a different kind of investigation… in this case, you need to think out of the box and conduct investigation,” the magistrate said, expressing concerns over “delay” in the case which “enhances its seriousness”.
Police told the magistrate that in the last four days, they have recovered the woman’s mobile phone, iPod and currency notes from the accused. “We are trying to file a chargesheet within the next 20 days,” a police officer said.
Of the seven persons accused in the case, five were produced before the magistrate on Monday. The other two accused are juveniles and proceedings against them are underway at the Juvenile Justice Board.
Police sought further custody of the five accused in the case on the grounds that two other persons accused in the case are on the run and are suspected to be in Haridwar.
The magistrate remanded the five accused to police custody until January 23.
The magistrate also asked the police to establish their identity through video conferencing with the victim.
“We are yet to recover a wristwatch and the SIM card of her phone… another problem is that everyone we have asked knows very little about the incident… the whole picture is missing,” police told the magistrate.
The Danish woman was allegedly gangraped and robbed at knife point by eight men on the premises of the Railway Officers’ club, 50 metres from the VIP entrance to Platform No. 1 of the New Delhi railway station
between 4 pm and 8 pm on January 14.