Friday, June 7, 2013

India: Update--Details Provided by Gang-Rape Victim, 31, Led to Arrest of Three Assailants

According to The Times of India and as a follow-up to my posting of June 6, three Nepalese assailants were arrested on Thursday (June 6) on charges of gang-raping an American tourist, 31, inside a truck during the early morning hours of June 4.

The three defendants, all in their early 20s, tore her clothes from her body, raped her in turn and abandoned the woman at approximately 0300 hours. They will be formally charged earlier today (June 7).

The investigation could only be closed as a result of the incredible detail provided by the victim of the truck and the surroundings in which she was attacked. The woman had told the police the truck's front windshield was cracked as she hit it with her feet while struggling to free herself from her assailants.

COMMENT: Police sources reported that one missing earring and two coins belonging to the woman were recovered from the area in which the rape occurred. 

Additionally, with the help of the truck's owner, the police collected details about the driver, who had sought employment only a week earlier. 

Even though the victim could not see the vehicle’s tag number in the dark, her accounting of all other minute details of the attack led to the arrest of the rapists.

Police also recovered the victim’s Nikon camera, iPhone and flashlight from the accused.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.