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Nepalese woman duped at IGI, gangraped later

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 6, 2009

NEW DELHI: All that 22-year-old Lekha (name changed) wanted to do was provide her four-year-old son with a good education. A resident of Kathmandu, she hoped that a job as a housemaid in Dubai would end her life of poverty. Trusting a local contact, she made the trip to Delhi, from where she was to board her dream flight to Dubai. However, on Sunday, her dream lay shattered, and police commissioner Y S Dadwal’s claim that Delhi is safe for women, ringing hollow.

Conned by her contact who charged her thousands of rupees as fee, only to abandon her at the IGI departure terminal, she was then robbed of all her belongings by an auto driver. She ended up at Mandawali in east Delhi, only to be gangraped by two other auto drivers.

According to crime against women (CAW) cell officials, Lekha was brought to the capital by 24-year-old Manoj, on the morning of July 2 from Kathmandu. “She was lodged at Nehru Vihar near Mukherjee Nagar. Her documents, including her passport, were kept by Manoj. Late on July 3, Manoj took her to IGI Airport, where he demanded his “cut” for arranging her trip to Dubai and Lekha gave him the money. However, soon afterwards, Manoj informed her that they had arrived late and hence she had to be booked on the next flight. He left then, saying he would arrange everything. When he did not return till midnight, Lekha decided to make her way back to Mukherjee Nagar.

“We will investigate if Manoj had gone to the airline seeking a new ticket with the money given to him by Lekha. We have established that she carried a valid document and ticket sent to her by her brother-in-law who stays in Kuwait,” said a police official.

Outside the airport, Lekha took an auto driven by one Vinod (25), a resident of Mandawali. “She got her directions wrong and landed up in east Delhi. It is then that Vinod asked her to stay the night at his place. Instead, he left her at his friend Avdesh’s place saying he had to get more passengers to pay his boss. He, however, took away all her belongings saying he would deposit them in a safe place. He has been absconding since then,” added an official.

Avadesh also an auto-driver took Lekha to his room and along with another friend began consuming alcohol. They forced her to consume alcohol as well. “The two then took turns to rape her repeatedly through the night. In the morning, the girl managed to escape. She was found wandering about in distress by Mandawali residents who called the police,” said the officer.

Anand Mohan, DCP (east), confirmed that Avdesh had been arrested and produced in court. “The woman was also produced in court and we will soon take her to Mukherjee Nagar as part of investigations. The woman, meanwhile, is being counselled by the CAW cell and a local NGO. She was taken to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital for medical examination and her statement was recorded. Her vaginal swab was sent to the FSL for forensic testing as the medical test did not throw up conclusive evidence,” added the officer.

The police have launched a massive manhunt for those involved in trafficking rackets.

Source The Times Of India


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