Rape puts AAP in a tight spot
Danish ambassador in India Freddy Svane, in an e-mail response to this newspaper regarding the alleged sexual assault of a 51-year-old female tourist from his country, said: “We can confirm there is a case involving a Danish national. No further comments.”
A police FIR has been lodged in the case, but the victim has refused to undergo a medical examination. The victim, who had travelled in India earlier too, came to India on January 1 this time and was travelling to different cities.
The Delhi police said the victim returned to Copenhagen on Wednesday morning. She has given her email to the police for further communication.
The rape in the heart of the city also puts a question mark on the AAP electoral promise to make Delhi safe for women.
The National Commission for Women chairperson, Ms Mamta Sharma, on Wednesday called on chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of women in the city.
“The message that is going out is very bad for the nation. Arvind Kejriwal has made a promise that their party will ensure women safety first,” she said.
Condemning the incident, the AAP stressed the need for fast-track courts and said that the Delhi police needs to come under the purview of the state government.
Chief minister Kejriwal discussed the issue with Delhi lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung.
Mr Kejriwal, Mr Najeeb Jung and the Delhi police commissioner will now meet to review the rape incidents that have occurred in the last one year.
“We will also request the Chief Justice of India to take all the rape cases to fast-track courts, so that the strictest punishment is meted out to the culprits,” Delhi minister Manish Sisodia said.
The incident gave the AAP a chance to raise its demand for a total statehood for Delhi.
Demanding a home minister at the state level, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas said that if “any such incidents happen in Delhi, there should be a home minister, so that he can look after the Delhi affairs. It otherwise becomes a long affair, which includes contacting and consulting the Centre.” The victim in her statement to the police said that she had returned from Agra and checked in a hotel at Paharganj on Monday.
The police said on Tuesday she had gone to visit a museum near Connaught Place. On her way back to the hotel at around 4 pm, she lost her way. While she was looking for directions, the gang of men, on the pretext of taking her to the hotel, took her to an isolated spot near the New Delhi Railway Station.
The accused held the victim hostage at knifepoint, robbed off her valuables and then gang-raped her, the police said.
Once the accused fled from the spot, the victim managed to reached her hotel around 7 pm.
She narrated the entire incident to fellow tourists in the hotel and then approached the manager, who in turn called the police around 8.30 pm. The police registered a case of gangrape under Section 376 G (2) of IPC and robbery. The Danish embassy was also informed. She told the police that the accused robbed of 750 euros, an iPad her cellphone and Indian currency about `3,000. Later, the Delhi police claimed to have recovered the iPad and some coins belonging to the victim from the scene.