Scottish man held for ‘raping’ businesswoman on pretext of marriage

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2016 00:56 IST
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A 40-year-old Scot freelancing as a health consultant has been arrested for allegedly raping a Delhi resident on the pretext of marriage, police said on Sunday.

Edward Christin Lamont, who was arrested on Saturday, met the 30-year-old businesswoman on Facebook five months ago when she showed interest in being part of a prominent fitness and spa chain that he was then the chief executive officer of, police said.

The two exchanged numbers and often spoke to each other. During one of the conversations, Lamont, who has been living in India for six years, asked the woman to visit him at the Defence Colony gym, where his office was. They saw each other regularly after she joined the gym where he also helped her train.

They fell in love and Lamont invited the woman for dinner at his Defence Colony home, police said. He tried to force himself on her but she resisted. He then told her that he loved her and would marry her.

“The two were in a relationship for over five months. The woman alleged that Edward got physically intimate and raped her on several occasions, promising to marry her,” a police officer said on condition of anonymity.

Lamont started avoiding her and stopped taking her calls when she told him of her plans to inform her parents about their relationship, she told police. She even went to his house a few times, but he refused to meet her.

“He told her that he cannot marry her as he has to go back to Scotland soon… She says she feels exploited and is deeply hurt,” the officer said. The woman was taken for a medical examination that confirmed rape following which a case was a registered and the arrest made.

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