Police in India said that they are seriously investigating the statement that the American woman was drugged and raped by a group of men in her hotel room in the capital at the beginning of this year.
The alleged incident happened April 9, when the American woman arrived in new Delhi as part of a tour group. "She said that she was given something to drink," said a police spokesman, Daedra Pathak, in a telephone interview with CNN. "When she lost consciousness she was raped." New Delhi has an ugly reputation when it comes to safety of women. According to the reports of the National Bureau of crime, number of rape is 4 times higher than the national average.
Indian authorities first heard of the charges via e-mail last week from non-governmental organizations representing the interests of American women. Estimated rape occurred in a hotel in one of the most popular tourist places in the capital. "The details are still fuzzy," said Pathak, adding that the police already talked to the victim. "We hope that it will be able to come here and testify before a magistrate. We have already detained one of the suspects, and he agreed to join the investigation and to testify."
According to Pathak, the Prime suspect works in a tourist company, which operates worldwide, and he has denied the charges until now. On Saturday, foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj asked the police "to register a case and bring the perpetrators to justice." Swaraj also said that she asked the Indian Ambassador in Washington to refer to "the victim and assure her that we will not spare the perpetrators."
35 thousand of rape were registered in India in 2015, but many experts believe that this is only a small part of the number of crimes committed, especially in a country where rape is perceived as deeply shameful action for the victim and her family. Government data show that 95% of rapes in 2015 were committed by people known to their victims. The number of registered crimes increased by 50% over the last 5 years. Perhaps the most shameful and brutal rape live Indian memory also took place in new Delhi in 2012, when a young medical student was raped in a public bus, beaten, tortured, and then left to die.
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