Friend allegedly rapes 20-year-old chef in Delhi, throws her off building
The 24-year-old accused, who works at another hotel, has been arrested by Delhi police. The woman’s statement is yet to be recorded as her condition is reported to be critical.delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2017 11:30 IST
A 20-year-old woman was allegedly pushed off the fourth floor of an under-construction building in outer Delhi’s Begampur after being raped by her male friend, police said.
The woman, an assistant chef at a city five-star hotel, had reportedly protested and threatened to inform police before she was pushed off the balcony, in the latest case of sexual violence in the national capital.
The woman has been admitted to Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital in Rohini, where her condition is stated to be critical.
Police have arrested the 24-year-old man, who works at another five-star hotel, and filed a case under sections of rape, attempt to murder and kidnapping.
According to a latest government data, Delhi registered 2,199 rape cases in 2015 — an average of six a day. Growing incidents of kidnapping and sexual assaults on girls and women in the country are major roadblocks to empowerment and freedom for women, who constitute around 50 per cent of India’s population, said an Economic Survey tabled in the Parliament on Friday.
According to police, the latest incident took place around 11pm on August 10, when the young survivor was abducted by her former colleague who pretended to be taking her to his father’s house.
Incidentally, that night the police had stopped the accused when he along with the victim and two others was travelling towards Connaught Place on a bike. Police seized their bike for not carrying relevant documents.
The four then hailed an auto-rickshaw for Begampur, according to the woman’s two friends. After going some distance, around 10.50pm, the accused told his companions that he would go to his house and collect his father’s car.
He took the victim along with him asking the other couple to wait in the auto near Rama Vihar.
Around 11.10pm, locals saw a woman partially disrobed falling on the ground and raised an alarm.
The accused, who was arrested within hours, reportedly told police that instead of taking the woman to his house, he led her to an under construction building nearby.
Investigating officials said the man sexually assaulted her. He later pushed the woman when she raised an alarm and threatened to inform the police.
DCP (Rohini) Rishi Pal, confirmed that the accused has been arrested and sent to judicial custody.
The police are yet to record the victim’s accounts. Doctors at the hospital said the woman is not in a position to give the statement to police.
“The patient had come to us two days ago in an unconscious state. There were suspicions of sexual assault. And, because of the fall, she also sustained a lot of head injuries. She was admitted to our neuro-surgical ward. She is now stable but critical,” said Dr Punita Mahajan, medical director of the hospital.
First Published: Aug 13, 2017 17:02 IST