February 24, 2019

US woman’s rape: Four accused arrested, one absconding

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Eight months after a US national was gang-raped and 23 days after registering a case, the Delhi police arrested four accused. The woman was gang-raped by five men in April at a five-star hotel. The fifth accused, who is the cousin of a hotel staffer, is absconding.

The Delhi police will seek the custody of the four accused to establish the sequence of events and gather evidence. The four arrested include the tour guide, bus driver, a helper inside the bus and the hotel staffer.

The victim arrived in the capital on December 19 to depose before a court and join investigations. Speaking to DNA, she said: “Though there has been a delay in the arrests, I am happy that four people have been arrested. I am positive and have full faith in the Indian judiciary that justice will prevail. I look forward to the Delhi police who will take the case forward and that the accused shall face the strictest punishment.”

Due to legal constraints, for now, the names of the accused have been withheld. Mrityunjay Kumar of Dhingra & Singhs — Attorneys at Law representing the victim, have confirmed that she will undergo the Test Identification Parade (TIP) to identify the accused.

“On December 3, the case was registered by the Delhi police. The Delhi police had contacted the victim via emails and telephone as well. We had requested her to join the probe. She has recorded her statement before the court and the police. A medical examination of the victim has been conducted. All efforts are being made to get clinching evidence,” said Joint Commissioner of Police, Dependra Pathak.

The victim has also undergone a psychiatrist and psychological examination, the report of which is now awaited by the police.

In her complaint, the victim alleged that she was raped at the hotel room by five men who took turns. She alleged that she was sexually assaulted over a period of two days. The victim had also stated that one of the accused had inserted foreign objects while assaulting her.

The victim added that she took a lot of time to understand and contemplate as to what had happened to her.

She claimed that in July this year, she approached a US-based NGO, which, in turn, contacted the hotel authorities and the tour company but to no avail. Later on, with assistance from the US embassy in Delhi, the NGO filed the complaint with the Delhi Police Commissioner on October 5, on email.

On October 17, the complaint was acknowledged and referred to Special Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range) and Additional Commissioner of Police for further action but thereafter no response was received from the Delhi police.

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