Police said the 51-year-old tourist had filed a police complaint
of rape in the district of Paharganj, a popular tourist area packed
with backpacker hotels and restaurants near New Delhi railway
"A robbery and rape case has been registered," Delhi police
spokesman Rajan Bhagat told Reuters. "We are questioning a group of
Danish ambassador Freddy Svane said there "is a case of alleged
raped concerning a Danish citizen," but gave no further details.
The Dane was walking through the area of narrow lanes and dark
streets on Tuesday night when she asked two men for directions to
her hotel. Five to six more men then appeared and she was raped,
according to senior police official Deepak Mishra. She then told her
hotel staff of the attack, he said.
The tourist was robbed of her cash, iPad and telephone. She refused
a medical examination and has since left India to return to Denmark,
India was convulsed by the murder in December 2012 of a woman who
was raped and tortured on a moving bus in New Delhi, forcing the
country to confront sexual violence and leading to a tightening of
Four men were sentenced to death for the murder and another was
found hanged in his prison cell. A sixth, who was under 18 at the
time of the attack, was earlier sentenced to three years detention,
the maximum allowed under juvenile law.
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Thousands of urban Indians took to the streets in fury after the
attack. The Indian woman became a symbol of dangers women face in a
country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes and
incidents of molestation are common.
A study by India's Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry said
that foreign tourist visits to India dropped 25 percent in the three
months after the rape and murder of the Delhi woman. Tourist visits
by women fell by 35 percent.
(Reporting by Alistair Scrutton and Sruthi Gottipati;
Frank Jack Daniel and Ron Popeski)
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