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A December 16 story four years later: 19-yr-old alleges rape inside taxi

In a statement recorded before a magistrate Friday, under Section 164 of CrPC, the woman alleged that she was “harassed” by some youths before being raped.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
December 17, 2016 3:59:20 am
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DELIVERING A chilling reminder of the gangrape in the capital on December 16, 2012, which rocked the nation, a 19-year old Noida resident has told police that she was allegedly raped by the driver of a private taxi inside the car in south Delhi late Thursday night — four years later. In a statement recorded before a magistrate Friday, under Section 164 of CrPC, the woman alleged that she was “harassed” by some youths before being raped. Police said a case was registered at the South Campus station following which the accused was arrested and sent to judicial custody until December 20.

Police identified the accused as Avneesh, who has been staying in Delhi for the last four years and was previously a school-van driver. Avneesh is married with two children and hails from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, they said. Police said they later recovered the car, inside which the rape was allegedly committed, from a slum cluster nearby.

Based on preliminary investigations, police sources said the victim cried for help, but her hands were tied and her mouth covered before she was raped. She is now being provided with counselling, they said.

In her complaint, according to police, the woman said she had reached Green Park on Thursday in search of a job at a law firm and later went to meet her friend in the same area. “Her friend was not at home. Then, at around 8.15 pm, she boarded an autorickshaw to a bus stand on Prithviraj Road. There, she was waiting for private cab that ferried passengers for Rs 25 each. In the meantime, some youths started harassing her. It was then that the cab driver approached her and agreed to take her to Noida for Rs 25,” said police sources, citing the complaint.

According to initial investigations, a police officer said, the complainant boarded the cab around 9 pm after which the driver started “roaming” when he became aware that she did not know the route to Noida. “The complainant claimed that after roaming for an hour, the driver stopped the car at a bylane in Moti Bagh. Then, after threatening her, he tied her hands, covered her mouth and adjusted the back seat of the car before raping her. She tried to raise an alarm but no one heard her,” said the officer.

The complainant alleged that after raping her, the driver left the car saying that he was going to get a blanket from them and that he would drop her in Noida on Friday morning. “The victim later managed to escape after opening the window of the vehicle,” the officer said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South district) Ishwar Singh said the incident came to light when the victim approached a police party at a roundabout nearby. “Local police were informed and she took the police personnel to the crime scene behind the Basrukar market in Moti Bagh Phase-I. But the car was not to be found there. She was then taken to a hospital for medical examination,” he said. Police said that a team also visited Krishi Bhawan in central Delhi Friday as part of the probe because the vehicle had a sticker from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Krishi Bhawan.

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