Delhi Police arrest four for gang rape of Danish tourist
Delhi Police have arrested four men in connection with the gang-rape case of a Danish woman.
The 51-year-old woman was allegedly attacked by a gang of eight men on Tuesday evening after losing her way to her hotel in Paharganj.
All eight men have been identified, police said.
The woman has told the police she was held by the men between 4 and 7 p.m. after which they abandoned her.
She then took an auto-rickshaw to her hotel where she confided in a fellow tourist, who asked the owner to phone the police.
The Danish tourist said she was robbed and beaten too.
An All India Radio report, however, said only two persons had been arrested.
Delhi Police said they have recovered an I-pod, ear plug, mobile phone and other valuable items.
Police have registered a case of gang rape under Section 376 G (2) of the Indian penal Code (IPC) and robbery.
The Danish Embassy has been informed about the arrests, police said.
Police claimed that they have identified the culprits and all of them are vagabonds.
The Danish woman arrived in Delhi on Tuesday after visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra. She has since returned to Denmark.
The Danish foreign ministry has said that it is in contact with the Delhi Police to ensure the "prosecution of the guilty."
"We have in our travel advice referred to the particular risk there is in India for sexual crimes. Obviously we will look at whether we need to sharpen it further," Denmark foreign ministry spokesman Ole Eberg Mikkelsen said.
The case comes weeks after a Polish woman was allegedly drugged and raped by a taxi driver while traveling with her two-year-old daughter to New Delhi.
The incident has left Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the back foot weeks after it won massive popular support in state polls with its promise to make the city safer for women.
(Posted on 16-01-2014)