NEW DELHI: The travel guide and four of his aides who allegedly gang-raped an American tourist at a five-star in March reportedly told her that they had raped two other tourists — from Australia and Japan — as well.
Police are now trying to establish the identity of the other survivors while a team is likely to visit the US to procure a statement, reports Somreet Bhattacharya.
Police have reached Lucknow to track the guide, the prime accused in the case. He is currently accompanying a group of tourists.
The American woman has told police that she was sedated and brutalised over two days by the guide and his aides at the hotel.
The statement given by the 25-year-old US woman has revealed that two of the accused may have been serial offenders and had attacked other foreign tourists as well. A probe has now been initiated to identify the other victims.
A police team might also visit the US to talk to the gang rape survivor. Sources said that the survivor had mentioned that one of the accused, a hotel employee, had raped her along with the guide on the first day of her arrival after sedating a glass of water ordered by her at the hotel. However, she does not remember the name of the tour operator.
The men had shot a video of their act on their mobile phone. The accused had also assaulted her when she tried to stop them and threatened to upload the video on a website. She had to remain in her room for the rest of the day as the accused had given her a high dose of sedatives. She got injured on the legs after the assault.
The next morning, the accused hotel employee met her in the lobby and offered her tea in the lounge. She said that she passed out after having the tea. When she woke up, she found the five men in her room who took turns to rape her. She did not have the strength to resist their attempts. The men then threatened her with dire consequences and left.
The woman then cut short her trip and went back to the US. She did not mention anything about the ordeal to her fellow travellers, a couple from her hometown and another woman. The survivor said that she did not remember the names of the accused, but could identify them.
Police said that the tour guide, who is currently accompanying another group of tourists, is in Lucknow and will be arrested soon.
By hearing many interesting things about India, the tourists step in hoping to see the country closely. But, poor tourists, this is what they experience. Being an Indian staying here in America, how can I even warn my female co-workers - be careful...these things can happen to you if you travel to india....God..pls....
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These sexual predators have brought bad name to India and their crime will affect the
Indian tourism. They deserve exemplary severe punishment, including chemical
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Make that ''physical'' castration.
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It''s north Indian culture to make to victimise a lone woman...North Indians talk a lot about culture...what''s the use of this great culture when you cannot give security to a guest?
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Hang him in public... before that chop off his thing!
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I really wish china bombs the sh&t out of north India ! Its a shame ! To be called an indian in the West ! Full of rapists ! And then they want national anthem before films ! Bhsdk chtiye
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