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Woman molested in Lodhi Garden

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 05, 2013
First Published: 01:03 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(5/2/2013)

A 32-year-old businesswoman was allegedly molested by a drunk man during her routine evening walk at a popular public park in central Delhi on Sunday evening, police said.

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The woman, who fought the assailant on her own, claimed that her requests for assistance on both the women's distress helpline '181' as well as the police's emergency response number '100' either didn't materialise or generated a delayed response.

"I was fortunately able to successfully fend for myself," she told Hindustan Times.

"Although I froze as soon as he caught hold of my wrist and tried to pull me into the bushes, I soon gathered myself and pushed him to the ground," she said.

"It was only after he was down on the ground that my fellow walkers  seemed interested."

Police said the incident was reported around 6:30pm from Lodhi Garden's gate number five. She operates an import-export business at south Delhi's Maharani Bagh.

The assailant, a 28-year-old attendant at a video rental shop in Khan Market, was later identified as one Anand. He is a resident of Lajpat Nagar.

Anand was ironically driven to, and handed over to police, at the Tughlak Road police station in the woman's BMW car after she had managed to subdue him.

Anand has been booked for molestation, said KC Dwivedi, additional commissioner of police (New Delhi).

"I've been going to the same park for the past two years and there's usually a PCR van stationed right outside its gate. But there wasn't one on Sunday," she claimed.

The woman alleged that the control room was only able to despatch a PCR van to the park after 20 minutes of her calling on '100'. "When I called on '100', the female operator struggled to understand my location," she said. "In fact, the attendant seemed not to know where Lodhi Garden is located," she added. "After the first call, I was called as many as four times by police officers. After they couldn't find their way to Amrita Shergill Marg, I decided to take the man to the police station myself," she said.On their part, the police denied any allegations of laxity. "Our response was immediate and a case was registered as soon as the victim reached the police station."

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