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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

Delhi: Woman raped, confined in CP office building

Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 02, 2014
First Published: 00:22 IST(2/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:26 IST(2/7/2014)

Women in Delhi aren’t safe from sexual predators even in broad daylight and in a relatively “safe” area like Connaught Place.

In a city where an estimated six rapes are reported every day, a 34-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a security guard in an office building in bustling CP at 3pm in the afternoon. The incident occurred on June 28 on the 13th floor of Tower 2 of the Jeevan Bharti building. The guard, Roshan Singh, has been arrested.

The woman, a mother of seven, was lured into the building by Roshan with the promise of a job, the police said. He took her to an office on the 13th floor on the pretext that she would be interviewed for a housekeeping job.

When they entered the room, Roshan locked the door behind him and raped her. He then called up a friend to come over. But before the friend arrived, the woman managed to get hold of Roshan’s mobile and locked herself inside a bathroom from where she made a call to the police.

She was rescued shortly after and taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for a medical examination. Her statement was also taken.

This latest incident comes amid a sharp spike in crimes against women in the last few years, despite the administration’s claims of better policing and the enactment of stringent laws. Rape cases have risen by nearly 129% since 2012 — when the gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in the Capital grabbed international headlines and led to an outpouring of outrage — while molestation cases have spiked 412%.

In the first four months of 2014, six rapes and 14 molestation cases were reported every day. In January alone, there was a 40% increase in crime rate due to a spike in rape and molestation cases.


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