Officers of the south Delhi police went into a tizzy on Tuesday after the police control room received a call related to rape and physical assault of two young women from West Bengal’s Siliguri by a young Afghan national in south Delhi’s Hauz Rani area.
The PCR call was made around 4.30 am on Tuesday, police said.
Since the crime involved women and a foreign national, senior Delhi police officers swung into action. They reached the spot from where the PCR call had been made. They met the two women and found them allegedly in an inebriated condition. One of them was injured with a cut mark on her lips.
The women accused a 23-year-old Afghan national, known to them, of allegedly raping and physically assaulting them at his rented accommodation.
The suspect, a cook-cum-waiter working at a local restaurant, was taken into custody and was questioned.
He, however, pleaded innocence and refuted the allegations. The victims and the suspect were taken to the Malviya Nagar police station. A local NGO was roped in to record the statement of the victims.
When the victims were asked to accompany the police personnel to a hospital for a medical examination, they refused.
The two women then withdrew their allegations, saying they were not raped. They also refused to file any FIR against him.
The police, however, registered a case of rape on the basis of the PCR call.
“We will produce the two women before a city magistrate where their statements will be recorded under section 164 of CrPC. If the women maintain that they were not raped or physically assaulted, we will be left with no option but to approach the Delhi High Court for cancellation of the FIR,” said a senior police officer.
An initial probe into the case revealed that both women were related to each other and lived in a rented accommodation in south Delhi’s Munirka. One of them knew the Afghan national for the past few weeks and the two had been to his place four days ago as well.
“The suspect’s landlord told us that the women were asked to leave when they arrived in an inebriated condition last week. On Tuesday morning, the two turned up again but the suspect did not entertain them and made them leave.
One of them fell down the stairs and received a cut wound on her lips. They made the PCR call as they were angry with the suspect’s rude behaviour,” the officer added.
The police said that the suspect had come to Delhi a year ago and continued to stay even after his visa expired.