Danish Tourist Gang-Raped in India

Another tourist's allegation of rape highlights India's problem with sexual violence.

An Indian policeman stands Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, outside a police station where authorities are investigating the gang-rape of a Danish tourist in New Delhi, India.
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A 51-year-old Danish woman visiting New Delhi was allegedly raped by a group of men Tuesday evening, according to media reports.

Reports say the tourist lost her way while exploring the city and asked a group of men for directions back to her hotel. After allegedly luring her to a secluded area, they raped her at knife-point, beat her and stole her belongings.

Agence France-Press reported that the woman was held for three hours by six young men.

When the woman returned to the hotel, she immediately notified the hotel manager, who called police.

"When she came, it was miserable," said Amit Bahl, owner of the Amax hotel where the Danish woman lodged, according to The Associated Press. The woman was "not in good shape," he said.

The Danish woman spoke to police but refused to undergo the medical checkup required to confirm sexual assault, said Alok Kumar, deputy commissioner of New Delhi police, according to CNN.

"She didn't have injuries that required medical attention," Kumar told the press.

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The woman returned to Denmark the following morning, police said. Authorities have detained and questioned a number of individuals, but no arrests have been made.

The incident comes a month after the first anniversary of the notorious gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student, who later died. The vicious attack made headlines across India and brought awareness to India's problem with sexual violence against women.

Since the incident, the Indian media has boosted its reporting on rape cases and awareness of sexual violence, CNN notes.

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However, rape remains a risk females face in India, whether they be tourists, journalists or Indian citizens.

Earlier this month, a Polish woman reported being abducted in Mathura – the southern area of New Delhi – and later raped, CNN reports. Other accounts of rape include incidents against a photojournalist, a Swiss cyclist and a 16-year-old girl.

"It makes me sick. It makes me angry," Gurpreet Singh, a concerned father in New Delhi, told Al-Jazeera last year. "I don't want my daughter to grow up in a society where there is no safety, no security and no respect for females."

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