Update as of 11:18 p.m. EST: Two men have been arrested in connection with the rape of a Danish tourist in the nation's capital, BBC reported, adding that some valuables belonging to the woman, such as an iPad, a cell phone and cash, were recovered from them.
"We have identified the culprits, all of them are [local] vagabonds, they would be nabbed soon," a police official was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency, BBC reported.
A Danish national has alleged that she was robbed and gang-raped by a group of men in India’s capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday night.
According to reports, the 51-year-old tourist filed a police complaint that she was gang-raped at knife point by more than six men, after she lost her way to her hotel in Paharganj, located west of New Delhi railway station. Some reports also state the number of men involved to be eight but the exact number remains unclear. Paharganj is a crowded neighborhood full of shops and budget hotels jostling for space near one of the busiest train stations in the country.
“A robbery and rape case has been registered,” Rajan Bhagat, public relations officer of Delhi police, told Reuters. “We are questioning a group of men.”
The woman reportedly left the country on Wednesday morning for Copenhagen, local media reported, adding that she had refused to undergo any medical examination. In her statement to the police, the woman said that she had been in India for the past one week, and had first visited Agra, home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, before arriving in the capital on Tuesday.
“She lost her way when this incident happened. Currently, the concerned police team has identified suspects and is interrogating them. The investigation is on,” Bhagat reportedly said.
Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police, did not mention exactly how many men had been detained over the incident on the State Entry Road opposite New Delhi railway station, but local media put the number at 15.
The woman who was staying in a hotel named “Hotel Amax Inn” was on her way back from visiting the National Museum on Tuesday evening when she lost her way, reports said. She approached a group of men near the railway station to ask for directions when she was allegedly robbed and gang-raped. Following the attack, she reportedly managed to reach her hotel, where the owner informed the police.
"When she came, it was miserable," Amit Bahl, the hotel's owner, reportedly said. "She was crying and not in good shape," he added.
Kuldeep Singh, a receptionist at the hotel, said: “She first came to me at the reception desk and told me that she needed 200 rupees to give to the auto driver as she had been robbed.”
The Danish embassy was also informed and the woman was taken to the embassy after she gave her statement to the police.
The case comes only weeks after a Polish woman was drugged and raped by a taxi driver while she was traveling to New Delhi with her two-year old daughter.
The increasing number of attacks on foreigners in India has led to a decline of tourists visiting the country.
According to reports, a study by India’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry estimates that the number of foreign tourists visiting India dropped by 25 percent, and the number of women tourists fell by 35 percent, in the three months after the gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student in a moving bus, which triggered massive protests against the treatment of women across the nation.