The Delhi Police are still to find the “dimly-lit, isolated spot” in central Delhi’s Prasad Nagar where a 19-year-old German national was raped by an auto-rickshaw driver and molested by his friends on December 14, 2015.
An FIR in this connection was registered on February 24, 71 days after the woman — who is in India for charity work — became a victim of the crime.
The woman had first informed the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) about the crime through an e-mail on February 5. But, police said, the DCW had kept the issue under wraps for the next 15 days and asked her to come to the Capital and file a case with the Delhi Police. This delay resulted in “crucial time loss” in evidence collection, which is now hampering the probe, a police officer said.
A notice will now be served to the DCW by the Delhi Police asking why they delayed in informing the police about the crime which involved a foreign national, said a senior police officer.
“We will ask them why they did not inform their counterparts in Maharashtra and instead waited for the rape survivor to return to the city,” said the officer.
Four teams, each led by an Inspector, have been formed under the supervision of two ACPs and central district’s DCPs, to crack the case. Apart from the “scene of crime”, investigators now will have to collect information about the alleged perpetrators and details about the “Good Samaritan” who found her sitting on the sidewalk and dropped her at her hotel in his vehicle.
Parmaditya, DCP (central), said, “It’s a blind case. We are trying to identify the suspects and bring them to book.”
Police to recreate sequence of events
Investigators said they will record the girl’s statement before a city court and seek her assistance in recreating the sequence of events that occurred on night of the incident. She will first be taken to the hotel where she had stayed with her male friend.
“From the hotel, the girl will be taken to identify the stretch which she had taken while taking a stroll. We want to know if she remembers any building or landmark near the crime scene. Any physical description about the auto-rickshaw driver or details about his three-wheeler will be of great help,” an officer said.
It is unlikely that the police will obtain any CCTV footage pertaining to the crime, as footage recordings are normally deleted after 15 days to 2 months after a recording.
The girl had been raped while she took a stroll on the night of December 14. The teen claimed that she had lost her way back to her hotel and flagged down an auto to take her back. The auto driver instead took her to an isolated ‘dimly lit’ stretch and raped her.