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'Raped' S African model returns home

The model -- a person of Indian origin -- promised cops she would return soon to pursue charges against her 'rapists'.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 17:43 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The South African model, who was allegedly raped by two youths after she was picked up from a suburban pub late last month, has returned to her country to join her family members and undergo psychological counselling, sources said today.

The model -- a person of Indian origin -- had expressed desire to go back to her country as she was tormented by the incident, and sources said she has promised her lawyer and the police that she would return back soon to pursue rape charges against her alleged rapists, the sources said.

Suresh Krishnani and Sunil Morpani, two youths residing in Ulhasnagar town of neighbouring Thane district were arrested on charges of raping the model, after picking her up in a drunk condition from Avalon pub at Hotel Bawa International in suburban Vile Parle on December 27.

The youths allegedly raped the woman in a car in which they took her to Kalyan in Thane district, and repeated their act at a hotel there, before she was dropped to her home on December 29, the model has alleged.

Morpani and Krishnani, whom she identified to be her assailants in an identification parade held before judicial authorities earlier this month, have admitted to have raped, but denied the model's charge that they drugged her by lacing her drink in the pub with a sedative

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 17:16 IST