December 17, 2016 1:49:19 am
“Saare Central Government ke employees hain (All are Centre’s employees are here),” says a 40-year-old man who stays at the Type 2 quarters — the area behind a market in Moti Bagh 1 where a 19-year-old was raped in the early hours of Friday.
Surrounded by the government flats are clusters of jhuggis where the accused driver stayed for the last two years.
People in the area woke up to news of the rape on Friday, but no one knew where it happened.
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“That’s where the car was found,” says a worker at the area’s electricity office, pointing to a spot. The neighbourhood has well-lit roads, barring a few stretches. However , various stretches are desolate at night. It is 11 pm on Friday, and besides some people at the railway track of Safdarjung railway station, there is not a single person in the area, only a few dogs.
The road leads up to the back of Hotel Lalit and then to a forested area. The spot is 2 km from the Belgium Embassy. It is next to a park, sandwiched behind Barsurkar Market and Zaidi Market.
There are no policemen to man the area. There is a market ahead. It says: “Welcome to Begum Zaidi Market.” But even it is shut and the daily wage labourers are sleeping outside the shops on the ground covered with blankets.
The Indian Express travelled the stretch for one hour and could not find a single PCR van.
The security guard at the electricity office is aware that the roads are desolate, but he says, “After 11pm only the exit and entry gates are open. People feel safe here. I don’t understand how this happened. I saw some police vehicles in the morning and when I asked people, they said that someone was raped here. I was shocked.”
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