Police rounded up a group of men on Wednesday over the alleged gang-rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist who lost her way near New Delhi railway station, officers said.
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Six men armed with a knife allegedly assaulted and then robbed the victim, who was travelling alone and had been in New Delhi since Monday after visiting the Taj Mahal, police and a receptionist at her hotel said.
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"We have detained a group of men and we are questioning them over the incident," special commissioner of police Deepak Mishra said.
"The woman reported the attack to police and we are investigating. She has declined to undergo a medical examination (to confirm the rape)."
"They also took her mobile phone and other items and money in euros."
The alleged attack just minutes from Connaught Place in the heart of the capital is the latest involving a foreigner in India, and again raises questions about the safety of women in the country.
Mishra declined to say exactly how many men had been detained over the incident on State Entry Road opposite the New Delhi Railway Station, but local media put the number at 15.
"The victim was obviously traumatised but was still clearly able to recall the entire crime sequence," another investigating officer said on the condition of anonymity.
"It helped speed up the process of narrowing down the possible suspects from the area," he added.
Kuldeep Singh, a receptionist at the victim's hotel, said the woman had appeared calm when she returned at about 8:30pm but then confided in a fellow traveller.
"She first came to me at the reception desk and told me that she needed 200 rupees to give to the auto driver as she had been robbed," Singh said.
The Danish victim gave a detailed statement overnight in the presence of the Danish ambassador, police said.
"We have identified around four to six people who are the prime suspects in the case," the investigating policeman said, adding that they appeared to be "vagabonds".
"She told us that the attackers were mostly youngsters," he added.
The crime scene was inside the grounds of the Railway Officers Club on State Entry Road with the victim saying she was dragged to a secluded area shrouded by trees near a statue.
The police took her statements in the presence of the Danish ambassador.
Danish ambassador Freddy Svane said the embassy was providing assistance to the woman, but declined to give further details.
The case comes after a Polish woman was allegedly drugged and raped by a taxi driver earlier this month while travelling with her two-year-old daughter to New Delhi.
Last month, India marked the first anniversary of the death of the student who was gang-raped on a moving bus in the capital in an attack that sent shockwaves across the nation.
Protests over the attack prompted India's Parliament to toughen laws for rapists and other offenders, while other judicial and police reforms that have encouraged women to report attacks have also been introduced.
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But daily accounts of brutal assaults continue to be reported in the country's newspapers.
A Class 10 student was gang raped by eight people while her friend was held at a distance on the outskirts of Ranchi late on Sunday.
Badly injured, the victim was rushed to a hospital late in the night after the rapists decamped after abandoning her virtually unconscious. A case against unknown criminals was lodged on Monday night with the Ratu police station after the girl recovered her senses and narrated her ordeal to her parents and the police.
A judge last month sentenced three Nepalese men to 20 years in jail for the gang-rape of a US tourist in June in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.
Six men were sentenced to life in prison last July for the gang-rape and robbery of a 39-year-old Swiss woman cyclist who had been holidaying in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
In another shocking instance of crimes against women, a German girl volunteer was allegedly raped by a man in a moving train bound for Chennai on January 10, which was reported only on January 13.
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