New Delhi: A 19-year-old German national was allegedly sexually assaulted by an unidentified autorickshaw driver in December last year in central Delhi.
The incident had taken place in Prasad Nagar area two months ago when the German girl, who works for an NGO in Maharashtra, had come to Delhi with a male friend.
Both were staying at a hotel in Patel Nagar, said the police. While the Delhi Commission For Women, on whose direction an FIR was lodged, maintained that victim was assaulted twice in the same night, the police said that she has alleged being attacked only once. According to the police, on December 14 night, the Gerrman woman was walking in a lane near Patel Nagar.
German victim bit molestor’s tongue
The German tourist said she lost her way and sought help for directions. An autorickshaw driver offered her lift and later allegedly sexually assaulted her after taking the vehicle to a secluded spot. The accused then fled the scene and the woman came back to the hotel on foot. She did not report the incident to anyone, not even to her friend, and in a day or two both left Delhi, the police said.
On February 5, the woman dropped an email to the DCW and informed the Commission about the incident. She later came to Delhi on February 9 and the next day the commission counselled her and guided her in lodging a police complaint. “On February 24, DCW chief Swati Maliwal issued a notice to DCP (central) and an FIR was registered.
According to DCW, however, on December 14 night, after being sexually assaulted once by the autorickshaw driver, the woman managed to escape and run to another street where she was intercepted by the accused again — then with a group of men sitting inside the vehicle who ran towards her, and started molesting her when she bit the tongue of one of them causing him to yell — leading to enough commotion for them to get afraid lest someone hear them, and run away, the complaint said.