Its pretensions of being a 'world class metropolis' aside, the Capital is doing a shoddy job of protecting female foreigners in the city.
With two British students attending a nursing course at north Delhi's St Stephen's Hospital allegedly being molested by drunk men outside a Connaught Place watering hole on Thursday night, the Delhi Police has registered three more cases involving foreign nationals thus far more as compared to last year.
"The women are on a week-long training module being held at the St Stephen's Hospital. They had gone for a night-out and were coming out of a restro-bar in CP late last night when a gang of drunken men tried to molest them," said a senior Delhi Police officer.
The Delhi Police has registered 14 cases on complaints by foreign nationals residing or visiting the capital thus far in 2010 as opposed to 11 cases throughout 2009.
Police said the startled women were fortunate enough to have escaped unharmed, thanks to a bottle of wine in their hands.
"They managed to get away after throwing the wine in the men's eyes. They took an auto rickshaw to Subzi Mandi where a zero FIR was lodged before being redirected to the CP Police Station to get a case of molestation registered," the officer said.
Five days before the British duo faced their ordeal, an American national, who had travelled to the capital to attend her friend's wedding who happens to be an IAS officer's daughter residing at New Delhi's Ashoka Road, was mugged by unidentified assailants.
"She had stepped out of the function to go back to her hotel when she was waylaid and held-up by a gang of men who managed to run away with her purse that contained her travel documents and credit cards," said an officer.
A Welsh athlete participating in the Commonwealth Games was harassed by a sanitation worker at the Games Village in east Delhi on October 7 after she refused to let him click a picture of her in a demeaning pose. He had banged on her room’s door.
"The Welsh athlete aside, even a senior female IPS officer was harassed at the Commonwealth Games Village on October 12. This time however, it was by some players of a visiting Commonwealth Games country who were lodged at Tower Number four," the officer added.