Japanese rape victim lying: Tourist
An Australian woman in Rajasthan has claimed that a Japanese tourist who cried rape earlier this month was lying.india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 23:14 IST
An Australian woman in Rajasthan has claimed that a Japanese tourist who cried rape earlier this month was lying, police officials said on Thursday.
Australian professor Thimona's statement in a sessions court at Pushkar on Wednesday has come as a reprieve for the five accused facing trial for rape.
Saying that she had stayed in the same hotel as the Japanese woman on March 25 to April 2, Thimona asserted that she "would have known" if the victim has been raped and robbed on April 2, the officials said.
The victim had faxed a complaint to the superintendent of police, Ajmer, on April 19, alleging rape by Babloo, the 22-year-old son of the hotel's owner.
The complainant had also alleged that Rs 54,000 was taken from her by the accused.
The Australian witness told the court that the victim shared a "good relationship" with the accused. The money, too, she insisted had been loaned by the victim.
The local police have confirmed the Australian's presence in Pushkar -- a Hindu pilgrim town on the edge of the Rajasthan desert -- at the time of the incident.