In yet another incident of rape that has exposed loopholes in the security arrangements for tourists, a 40-year-old woman from Delhi visiting Amritsar with her four children, was raped by a policeman. He had promised to help her and her kids find accommodation.
The incident occurred on Wednesday night but the case was registered on Thursday. The accused also allegedly stole more than `11,210 in cash from the victim’s bag. The Amritsar city police have arrested Ajmer Singh (40), a head constable with the GRP police, and have registered a case against him under sections 376/380/506 of the IPC at Civil Lines police station.
In her complaint, the victim alleged that on November 13, she was sitting in the waiting room of the Amritsar Railway Station when Singh, who was in his uniform, approached her at 10.30pm and offered to help her get a hotel room.
Singh allegedly returned in mufti and took her to a hotel, where he bolted the room from inside, threatened her children with dire consequences, took her to the washroom and raped her thrice.
ASI Vijay Kumar, the police officer in charge of the Shivala Bhaiyan Police Station, said the matter was being duly investigated.
Not safe for tourists?
A couple of months ago a Danish woman, visiting Amritsar for her research, was molested near the railway station by a rickshaw puller who was later arrested.
Two days later, some visitors from Uttarakhand were beaten up when they were returning from the Golden Temple. Three persons including a woman were injured, the woman requiring an eye operation later.