Monday, June 9, 2014

India: Malaysian Businesswoman Raped by Tour Guide in Jaipur After Being Drugged

According to http://www.eturbonews.com, a rapist was arrested on Saturday (June 7) for raping a Malaysian businesswoman.

According to media reports, the accused has been identified as the victim's tourist guide, who is a resident of Bhilwara district.

The woman in her complaint said she came to Jaipur three days back on a business trip and met the man who approached her offering tour guide services.

COMMENT: The tour guide and the businesswoman reportedly had a meal together at a five-star hotel on Thursday night (June 5) when the "guide" later drove the woman to an isolated place and allegedly raped her in his car after offering her a drink laced with an immobilizing drug. 

The rapist then left his victim in front of the hotel where she was staying.

In time, the victim contacted police near the Jawahar Circle area in the city and lodged a complaint. The man was arrested within three hours.

To avoid being victimized by all sorts of opportunists who prey upon visitors, it is suggested that new arrivals use the following techniques to thoroughly screen tourist guides:

1. Register your itinerary with your foreign affairs agency before leaving on your trip. Imagine if a relative or close friend were to become seriously ill? You would want your embassy to contact you;

2. ALWAYS subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before you leave home. For help, go to:

http://www.insuremytrip.com;

3. If you're planning to tour India while you're there, call the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO). IATO's website is http://www.iato.in and their phone number in New Delhi is 91-11- 25750034, 25754478, 25738803, fax : 91-11- 25750028 and email is iato@airtelmail.in;

4. Another option is to introduce yourself to the senior concierge at your hotel, tip him/her well and you'll discover that they're worth their weight in gold;

Using your hotel concierge is strongly suggested as they have a vested interest in ensuring that you have a safe visit. If you don't, complain to the manager, who is intimately familiar with India's downsides, and will ensure that you are treated correctly;

5. NEVER make arrangements for a tour of any sort with "someone off the street," as many criminals disguise themselves as tour guides;

6. If you are transporting lots of electronic gadgets, considering insuring them through:

http://www.safeware.com;

7. Another thought is to visit your nearest consulate or embassy and ask for the "names of reputable tour operators, yet Tip # 3 and 4 are strongly suggested";

8. Always ask the concierge for a bi-lingual business card from the hotel, so that you can get back "home";

9. NEVER use an ATM or cash machine situated on a STREET. Plan your visit safely and use an ATM or cash machine inside of a financial institution;

10. Don't donate to the poor...ever. If you do, you'll be hounded to death; and

11. When you convert currency, always ask for small denominations. You'll thank for me that suggestion;

12. Never carry more than US$100 in cash, unless making a large purchase;

13. Always carry a mobile phone that functions in the country that you're in and always type in the police emergency number and your embassy's office hours and after-hours numbers; and

14. NEVER accept refreshments from people you have NOT vetted.

Keep in mind that many consulates are small and are sparsely staffed. If you've got a problem, you want people that can help...promptly, so always call the embassy.