Police in Delhi are investigating after a Danish tourist said she was robbed and gang-raped by a group of men in one of the most popular tourist areas of the Indian capital.
According to reports the 51-year-old tourist filed a police complaint after being attacked in New Delhi’s Paharganj district, home to backpacker hotels and popular tourist restaurants near the city’s main railway station.
The as-yet-unnamed woman was walking through the area on Tuesday night when she asked two men for directions to her hotel. Five to six men are then said to have appeared, bundling her to a dark alley and raping her.
The tourist was robbed of her cash, iPad and telephone. She refused a medical examination and has since left India to return to Denmark.
Police have arrested several men who are being questioned, Reuters reports.
Danish ambassador Freddy Svane said there “is a case of alleged raped concerning a Danish citizen,” but gave no further details.
India was convulsed by the murder in December 2012 of a woman who was raped and tortured on a moving bus in New Delhi, forcing the country to confront sexual violence and leading to a tightening of rape laws.
Four men were sentenced to death for the murder and another was found hanged in his prison cell. A sixth, who was under 18 at the time of the attack, was earlier sentenced to three years detention, the maximum allowed under juvenile law.
Thousands of urban Indians took to the streets in fury after the attack. The Indian woman became a symbol of dangers women face in a country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes and incidents of molestation are common.
A study by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry said that foreign tourist visits to India dropped 25 percent in the three months after the rape and murder of the Delhi woman. Tourist visits by women fell by 35 percent.