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19-yr-old kidnapped, confined, tortured, raped for 10 days in Delhi’s Aman Vihar

The young woman claimed she was stalked by her captor for a few months before she was kidnapped. Police said the victim and the accused were acquainted as they lived in the same locality for a while.

delhi Updated: Apr 14, 2018 23:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sexual assault,Aman Vihar,Sex crimes
Girls take part in a candlelight vigil against the brutal rape and murder of eight-year-old Kathua girl and demanding for justice in Bengaluru on Saturday. (PTI)

A 19-year-old woman was kidnapped, confined in a house and sexually assaulted for 10 days allegedly by a 30-year-old man in outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar, police said on Saturday.

The woman, who had suffered multiple injuries, was given medical attention at a government hospital and is now being counselled by members of an NGO, police said.

The suspect, identified as Kuldeep, is absconding since an FIR was registered against him at the Aman Vihar police station on April 9. The woman managed to flee from confinement on the same day. She has alleged that Kuldeep had been stalking her for a few months.

The FIR was registered under sections 345D (stalking) 365 (Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 344 (Wrongful confinement for ten or more days), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 376 (rape) of Indian Penal Code, said police.

Police are questioning Kuldeep’s family members to know his whereabouts. They also sought to know why the family did not inform the police when their son had illegally kept the woman and tortured her for several days in the house.

Police said the victim knew Kuldeep for more than a year. She initially lived with her family in the same locality in Delhi’s Sultanpuri, where the suspect live with his family. Two teams have been formed to track down the suspect’s hideouts and nab him.

MN Tiwari, deputy commissioner of police (outer), said the woman is a school drop out and she had shifted to their new home in Aman Vihar around a month ago. Her father works in a private company while the mother is a housewife. The woman in her complaint told police that she had come in contact with her neighbour and they became friends a year ago.

On March 30, Tiwari said, the woman went out with the man and was with him till 11.30pm. “The man later took her to his home and confined her in a room on the first floor. He made physical relationship with her repeatedly and forcefully,” said DCP Tiwari, quoting the woman’s complaint.

“It is surprising that the woman’s family had not filed her missing or kidnapping complaint even as she was missing for 10 days. We are looking into this angle as well,” said Tiwari.

A police officer said the woman has alleged in her complaint that Kuldeep used to tie her with ropes and gag her with a cloth so that she could not raise alarm or scream for help. He allegedly locked the room from outside to prevent her from fleeing.

“His family members knew everything but they kept mum. We spoke to neighbours but they were not aware of the matter. Nobody knew that Kuldeep had illegally kept the woman in his home,” the officer said.

On April 9, the woman fled Kuldeep’s home and reached her parents’ home. Her father accompanied to the police station where she filed a case against the accused, the officer said.

First Published: Apr 14, 2018 23:10 IST