Monday 23 October 2017

Homeless men quizzed after tourist gang-raped in Delhi

Indian policemen stand in front of the Paharganj police station in New Delhi
Indian policemen stand in front of the Paharganj police station in New Delhi

Andrew Buncombe

POLICE in Delhi are questioning a group of homeless men accused of gang-raping and robbing a foreign tourist in one of the city's most popular areas for backpackers.

Reports said a Danish woman was attacked on Tuesday night -- the latest in a series of assaults on female travellers to the country.

The woman got lost close to the main Delhi railway station and stopped to ask men for directions to her hotel.

She told police that after being assaulted by the men at knifepoint, she managed to find her way back to Amax Hotel, in the city's Paharganj area, and raised the alarm.

The hotel's receptionist, Kuldeep Singh, said the 51-year-old woman had been assaulted on her last day in the country and had already left for Denmark.

"She did not tell me at first but she told another lady what had happened. That was when I called the police," he said.

The woman was treated at a local hospital on Tuesday evening and gave a statement to police in the presence of the Danish ambassador. She had arrived in Delhi on Monday having visited Agra.

The police said they had identified a number of suspects and were questioning them.

Officers described them as 'vagabonds' and said the woman had told them the attackers were mostly young men. The men had dragged the woman to the grounds of the Railway Officers Club near the city's main railway station.

"Currently, the concerned police team has identified suspects and is interrogating them," Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told the AFP news agency.

The incident comes only weeks after a Polish woman was allegedly drugged and raped by a taxi driver while travelling with her two-year-old daughter to Delhi.

Last month, three Nepalese men were sentenced to 20 years in jail for the gang-rape of a US tourist in June in Himachal Pradesh state. (© Independent News Service)

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