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Two arrested over another Delhi gang rape

Danish tourist assaulted after asking for directions
Two arrested over another Delhi gang rape

Delhi's Paharganj dictrict, where the alleged assault took place (picture: orin/Shutterstock.com)

Published: January 16, 2014 07:38 AM GMT
Updated: January 15, 2014 08:39 PM GMT

Police have arrested two men in connection with the alleged gang rape of a Danish tourist in the main backpacker area of New Delhi.

The 51-year-old woman says she was gang raped by eight men in the Paharganj district of the city after she asked them for directions to her hotel on Tuesday.

Police said on Thursday that two homeless men were arrested on Wednesday. They had several of the victim’s belongings, including a mobile phone and iPad in their possession, police said.

“Contrary to media reports, we have arrested two people and a hunt is on to nab the others,” Sukhdev Singh, the police inspector investigating the case, told ucanews.com.

Interrogation of the two men revealed the identities of the remaining suspects, Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police Alok Kumar later said.

Earlier media reports said police arrested four people.

The victim arrived in the country a week ago and had arrived in the capital after a trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday morning. She immediately checked into a hotel and went sightseeing.

She told police she got lost while returning to the hotel in the evening and asked for directions from a group of men. They then allegedly took her to a secluded spot near the New Delhi Railway Station and raped her at knifepoint before robbing her.

Police were called after the woman managed to return to her hotel and told the receptionist about the attack.

Freddy Svane, Denmark’s ambassador to India, told ucanews.com that the embassy is in close contact with the Indian authorities regarding the case.

“We are satisfied with the way the investigation is going,” he said.

Danish Foreign Ministry spokesman Ole Eberg Mikkelsen said a travel advisory had been issued to its citizens about sex crimes in India.

“[Now] we will have to look at whether we need to sharpen it further,” he said.

Tuesday’s incident follows the rape of a Polish woman in New Delhi earlier this month. She was traveling in a taxi with her two-year-old daughter and was allegedly drugged by the driver and raped.

Just over a year ago, a medical student was brutally raped and murdered on a moving bus in the capital, triggering shockwaves across the nation.

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