Danish woman gang-raped in India capital

2014-01-15 09:43
Indian women shout slogans during a protest march against gender discrimination and sexual violence in New Delhi. (Altaf Qadri, AP)

Indian women shout slogans during a protest march against gender discrimination and sexual violence in New Delhi. (Altaf Qadri, AP)

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New Delhi - A Danish woman was gang-raped in the Indian capital after getting lost and asking a group of men for directions, police and reports said on Wednesday, the latest high-profile case of sexual assault against women in the country.

The 51-year-old woman was attacked late on Tuesday at knife-point by the group of more than six men after losing her way to her hotel in a popular backpacker area of New Delhi, according to local media reports.

"She lost her way when this incident happened. Currently, the concerned police team has identified suspects and is interrogating them. The investigation is on", Delhi police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat told AFP.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told her friend about the attack when she eventually reached her hotel in Paharganj near the city's central Connaught Place, Bhagat said.

The woman had approached the group for directions near the New Delhi Railway Station after visiting a city museum, but they took her to a secluded spot before raping her at knifepoint, the Press Trust of India news agency reported citing unnamed police sources.

Continuing violence

The Danish embassy did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.

According to The Times of India newspaper, the women had been in India for about a week, travelling first to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal, before arriving in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The case comes weeks after a Polish woman was allegedly drugged and raped by a taxi driver while travelling with her two-year-old daughter to New Delhi.

Last month India marked the first anniversary of the death of a student who was gang-raped on a moving Delhi bus in an attack that sent shockwaves across the nation.

The gang-rape triggered massive protests over the levels of violence against women, but in the last 12 months reported cases of local and foreign women being attacked have shot up significantly.

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