India: Update--Questioning of Suspects Continue in Gang-Rape of Danish Tourist, 51
According to The
Hindustan Times, Reuters, NBC News
and The Associated Press and my last
posting of January 15, the New Delhi police late on Wednesday (January 15) said
that two homeless men had been arrested in connection with the gang-rape of a
51-year-old Danish tourist who lost her way near New Delhi railway station on
Tuesday (January 14).
The two men have been
described as Mahender Ganja and Mohammed Raja. A case of gang-raped has
The Danish woman
approached the men for directions on Tuesday evening while attempting to return
to her hotel in the bustling Paharganj district of New Delhi, reportedly after
visiting a city museum.
Up to six male youths under the age of
eighteen gang-raped, assaulted and robbed the victim, who was traveling alone
and had been in New Delhi only since Monday (January 13).
COMMENT: A senior
investigating officer in the Paharganj police station said that that the victim
was held hostage at knifepoint for three hours, gang-raped, kicked and
physically slapped and robbed of her cash, an iPad and her mobile phone.
The Danish victim
refused to be medically examined and was clearly traumatized by her
victimization, but gave a detailed statement overnight in the presence of
Denmark's ambassador, police said.
Having assisted a
number of rape victims in the past, I fully understand the added humiliation of
a forensic exam, hopefully by female staff, but I cannot emphasize more that it
is vital that rape victims submit to a forensic exam and request a female
physician or technician to collect the necessary evidence so as to prosecute
Danish victim promptly left India. It is hoped that at such time as there is a
trial of her assailants, that the victim will agree to having her testimony
video-taped from Denmark so as her assailants can be convicted, once they all
have been identified and arrested.
The crime scene was
inside the grounds of the Railway Officers Club on State Entry Road with the
victim saying she was dragged to a secluded area shrouded with trees near a
statue, police said.
A police crime scene
team visited the location where the gang-rape occurred on Wednesday (January
15) and are in possession of the victim’s apparel the victim was wearing at the
time of the attack.
The gang-rape of the
Danish visitor comes after a Polish expat was allegedly drugged and raped
by a taxi driver earlier this month while traveling with her two-year-old
daughter to New Delhi.
A judge last month
(December) sentenced three Nepalese gang-rapists to 20 years in prison for the
gang-rape of a US tourist in Himachal Pradesh.
Six men were sentenced
to life in prison in July 2013 for the gang-rape and robbery of a
39-year-old Swiss woman who had been visiting Madhya Pradesh.
a series of rapes and gang-rapes on solo foreign women over the last year
, travel to India by single women has declined by 35%.
Sadly, the Indian
government has responded to the historic rape crisis with only long-term prison
sentences, rather than a number of societal solutions, including the necessary
educational efforts to modify behavior and treatment of women by Indian boys
Until such time as
India takes very seriously the need for Indian boys and men to accord women the
respect they deserve, I strongly DISCOURAGE solo women traveling to India.
I retired from the US State Department in April 2006, after a career as a special agent, Senior Regional Security Officer (SRSO), director of training, chief investigator of the Cyprus Missing Persons Program, director of security of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as a senior adviser in the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance.
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