Teen accuses Indian taxi driver of rape

2016-02-27 22:51
A parent holds high a doll belonging to her child as she participates in a massive protest against alleged police inaction after a 6-year-old girl was raped at a school in Bangalore, India. (Aijaz Rahi, AP)

A parent holds high a doll belonging to her child as she participates in a massive protest against alleged police inaction after a 6-year-old girl was raped at a school in Bangalore, India. (Aijaz Rahi, AP)

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New Delhi - A 19-year-old German woman has accused an Indian auto-rickshaw driver of raping her in the capital New Delhi late in 2015, police said on Saturday.

The woman, who approached police earlier this week, said that she was raped by the driver after leaving her hotel and getting lost in the city's busy commercial district on December 14.

"We registered a case of rape and launched our investigation after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) approached us with the woman's complaint," said a senior Delhi police officer.

"So far, the complainant hasn't been able to clearly recall some key details about the entire incident but we are making all efforts to help her with it and take our investigation forward," the officer added.

The victim told DCW that she didn't approach authorities immediately after the incident because she was scared, but later filed a complaint via email to the group.

"We first received her email complaint on February 5 but since she wasn't in Delhi at the time we couldn't take it forward to the police at the time," said Swati Maliwal, DCW chair.

Maliwal said that the auto-rickshaw driver "assaulted and raped her in the dark" after she walked out of her hotel at night and got lost.

"She was finally helped by a man who was returning from work and saw her on the roadside. She didn't tell him anything and he dropped her at her hotel," Maliwal added.

The fatal gang rape of a young student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 led to an outpouring of anger over frightening levels of violence against women.

It also led to major reform of India's rape laws including speeding up of trials and hiking penalties for offenders, but high numbers of assaults persist.

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