India: Polish Expat, 33, Drugged, Raped by Taxi Driver Enroute to Delhi
According to AFP, a Polish expat, 33, and her two-year-old daughter were en-route to New Delhi from their home in Mathura (a distance of 150 kilometers or 93 miles) on Thursday (January 2) when she was allegedly raped by the taxi driver transporting her and her daughter to the capital. At some point during the trip, when they stopped for refreshments, the woman was seemingly drugged by the driver who raped her in the presence of her daughter after she succumbed to the drug, very likely a "date-rape" substance.
Some time later, the woman awoke on a bench outside a railway station in New Delhi with her daughter crying beside her. COMMENT: After contacting police, it was subsequently determined that a medical examination revealed that the woman had in fact been raped. According to investigators, the woman may have been drugged with a spray. The woman, a devotee of the Hindu god, Krishna, had been living in Mathura (believed to be the birthplace of Krishna) for several years and worked in the textile export business.
The victim and her daughter had been waiting on a busy road in Mathura for a taxi to take them to the capital when the driver approached. Unfortunately, for the rape victim in this case, bogus taxis that are either stolen by criminals or sold to the highest bidder is a frequent occurrence which is why commuters should never hail taxis on the street, but use reputable radio-controlled taxis ONLY. If Indian residents and foreigners are unaware of reputable radio-controlled taxis, they should ask a trusted friend, colleague, family member, etc. for the phone number of such services to be used in the future. A judge last month sentenced three Nepalese men to 20 years in prison for the gang-rape of a US tourist in June 2013 in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.
Six defendants were sentenced to life in prison in July 2013 last year for the gang-rape and robbery of a 39-year-old Swiss woman cyclist who had been holidaying in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
For those of our new readers who are unfamiliar with India, in recent years both Indian and foreign women have emerged as an endangered species given the fact than a significant percentage of Indian men do not respect women with the end-result being that forcible rape and gang-rape are a frequent occurrence throughout India. For details, see all 51 reported incidents of rape/gang-rape by typing in "rape in India" under "posts."
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