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Police arrest four accused of raping American woman in Delhi

Four persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged gangrape of a US national in a five-star hotel in New Delhi earlier this year.

delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 IST
Ananya Bhardwaj
The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days. They also threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.
The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days. They also threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.(Representative image)

Four people were arrested on Monday evening in connection with the gang rape of an American woman who had come vacationing to Delhi in April.

Though the crime was reported in October, an FIR was registered only on December 3.

Sources said the suspects – a tour guide, a driver, a cleaner and a hotel staffer – were questioned for five hours and later taken into custody. Police said the four were asked to join the investigation on December 5, and questioned on several occasions in the days that followed. The suspects’ passports were also seized, and they were prohibited from leaving the city without seeking due permission.

“The tour guide was questioned after he arrived from Nepal on December 8. He denied the charges levelled against him, and even said the victim had rated him positively in the feedback forms,” said an officer.

Police said the four were not arrested earlier because the travel agency they worked with had conducted an internal inquiry and given them a clean chit. Also, the woman had not recorded her statement before the magistrate. “During questioning, the men claimed that the woman was trying to falsely implicate them because she had gone with them to Agra a day after accusing them of the crime. They also showed pictures of her looking calm. Taking this into consideration, the travel agency gave them a clean chit,” another officer said.

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After the woman came to Delhi and recorded her statement under Section 164 of the CrPc, the suspects were called for questioning once again and placed under arrest.

The woman had alleged that the guide, who befriended her while showing her tourist spots in Delhi and adjoining states, entered her room with his friends on April 8 purportedly to discuss the following day’s itinerary. They allegedly offered the woman water laced with sedatives, and then took turns to rape her. She accused them of raping her the next day as well, and threatening her with dire consequences if the matter was reported. The suspects also allegedly made a video of the act, which they threatened to make public if she approached the authorities.

HOW THE CASE UNFOLDED
APRIL 8: The 25-year-old woman reached Delhi from the US, with a tour group
APRIL 8 and 9: She was allegedly raped inside the five-star hotel room in Connaught Place by five men after sedating her soft drinks
MID JULY: She informed her mother about the incident and got herself examined at a US hospital for sexually-transmitted diseases. She then approached an NGO
OCTOBER 5: The US-based NGO wrote to the police commissioner after speaking to the US embassy
OCTOBER 17: The Delhi Police writes back to the NGO acknowledging the complaint and gives a Daily Diary number claiming they are probing the case
Police claim that between October 17 and December 2, the case was being probed by the Delhi Police Crimes against Women unit
NOVEMBER 29, 30: The case is widely reported by the media
DECEMBER 2: Police contact the woman in US and a speak to her in a conference call with her lawyer
DECEMBER 3: Gangrape case registered against 5 persons registered at the CP police station
DECEMBER 19: The woman returns to India to join the investigation
DECEMBER 20: Police record her statement and take her for medical examination
DECEMBER 21: Her statement is recorded by a judicial magistrate

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(With PTI inputs)