Tourist, 51, Says She Was Gang-Raped in Delhi
Danish woman allegedly attacked after asking for directions
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 15, 2014 7:30 AM CST
A statue stands at a spot which police say is where a Danish tourist was gang-raped in New Delhi, India, Jan. 15, 2014.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

(Newser) – The words "gang-rape" and "India" are once again making headlines, this time in connection with a 51-year-old Danish tourist in New Delhi. The woman says she was robbed and raped at knife-point between 5pm and 8pm last night, after asking for directions while returning to her hotel from the city's main shopping district. She says she was taken to an unpopulated spot near the city's rail station. The New York Times reports that seven or eight men were involved, and Bloomberg reports by way of a Delhi deputy police commissioner that eight suspects are to be arrested; 15 men had previously been detained, and apparently gave up information about the suspects, then were released. Raids are currently being conducted, and "we expect to have a breakthrough within the hour," says the police official.

The woman got back to her hotel at 8:30pm, and asked reception to call police. She flew home this morning on a pre-scheduled flight. It's the latest in a string of headline-grabbing sexual assaults in India. "The message being sent to the world is that if you are a woman, you shouldn't come to India alone," says the director of one women's advocacy group. "We're not doing enough to stop these attacks." (One woman, an Olympic boxer from India, is trying to make a difference.)

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Jan 19, 2014 8:38 AM CST
This is a second world society which protects rape as a national sport, along with their caste system that maintains semi- and actual slavery. And the domestic crocodile tears and outrage for their U.S. consular official who broke U.S. law so she could maintain her countrywoman in bondage in New York. Why does the U.S. allow U.S. businesses to pay Indian nationals for jobs that should be done by Americans?
Jan 15, 2014 10:08 PM CST
All the gang rapes in India are all over the news. So why does anyone, especially a woman, go there? It doesn't make any sense to me.
Jan 15, 2014 7:55 PM CST
Women aren't safe from assault and rape in their own homes. Confining us, clothing us from head to toe, having us keep a chaperone at all times still wouldn't (and doesn't in the cultures that insist on these measures) keep us safe. What would keep us safe? Executing every rapist out there. After centuries of blaming the victims, and limiting their freedoms and movements, how about we start punishing the perpetrators? That might actually work.