In­dia po­lice ar­rest 4 over US woman’s gang-rape

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­dian po­lice yes­ter­day ar­rested four men ac­cused of drug­ging and rap­ing an Amer­i­can tourist at a five-star ho­tel in New Delhi ear­lier this year, an of­fi­cer said. The woman told po­lice that she was part of a tour group vis­it­ing In­dia in April when her lo­cal guide gave her a spiked bot­tle of wa­ter and raped her with four ac­quain­tances in­side her ho­tel room.

“We ar­rested four of them a few hours ago. And they, as in the tour guide, driver, cleaner and an­other ho­tel em­ployee, have been charged with rape,” Delhi po­lice spokesman, Depen­dra Pathak, told AFP.

He said the vic­tim, who re­turned to New Delhi last week, had al­ready recorded her tes­ti­mony in court and would be able to fly back home in a few days af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing the sus­pects. Po­lice launched a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion ear­lier this month af­ter the woman filed a com­plaint through an Amer­i­can char­ity. She has told lo­cal me­dia in the past week that she had no mem­ory of the as­sault for nearly three months. “The first two nights I was drugged, phys­i­cally as­saulted and sex­u­ally as­saulted,” she told NDTV news net­work, cov­er­ing her face with a scarf to hide her iden­tity. “I had no mem­ory of what hap­pened to me while I was in In­dia. I re­gained my mem­ory three months later around the end of July and that’s when I took ac­tion”.

The as­sault in April was one of the lat­est in a se­ries of sex at­tacks on for­eign­ers in In­dia, reignit­ing con­cerns about women’s safety in the coun­try. A 35-year-old Ja­panese tourist was raped in south­ern In­dia last month. In June, five men were jailed for life for gang-rap­ing a 52-year-old Dan­ish tourist in New Delhi in 2014.

In­dia in­tro­duced tough laws against sex of­fend­ers in the wake of the fa­tal gan­grape of a stu­dent in the cap­i­tal in De­cem­ber 2012 that sparked mass street protests. But high lev­els of sex­ual vi­o­lence against women con­tinue. - AFP

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