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JNU student drugged and raped by cabbie

NEW DELHI: A 21-year-old JNU student was allegedly raped by a cabbie while returning to the university from a friend’s house near the Metro station on central Delhi’s Panchkuian Road. The women said she was drugged and raped twice by the taxi driver, once in the vehicle and again at a park near Hauz Khas on Friday night. The survivor’s statement was recorded before a magistrate under section 164 CrPC on Monday. The woman alleged that the Vasant Kunj police had refused to take cognisance of her complaint on Saturday morning. She then reported the crime to the JNU medical centre, from where she was taken to Safdarjung Hospital for examination. An FIR was registered on Sunday under section 376 (sexual assault) of IPC. Cops are looking for the cab and the driver to ascertain the sequence of events. Police stoked another controversy on Monday by making an official statement alleging that there was delay in reporting the crime and that there were inconsistencies in the victim’s statements. ‘Driven around for three hours, raped again’According to the survivor, she had boarded the cab near Mandir Marg while returning from a party at a friend’s house. The woman, a second-year undergraduate student, alleged that the cab driver may have drugged her with a spray. He removed her clothes and blindfolded her before raping her in the car near a deserted bus stop. After this, he drove around for nearly three hours and took her to the Rose Garden opposite IIT Delhi campus, where he again raped her, the woman told the cops, adding that she had passed out due to the effects of the drug. The next morning, a passerby spotted the woman at the park and helped her get back to her hostel in JNU. She narrated her ordeal at the JNU medical centre after which the police staff on the campus took her to Safdarjung Hospital for a medical examination. The woman had come out of the party with a male friend. They allegedly took help from a passerby to book a cab — a black Maruti — which picked them up from outside a temple on the Mandir Marg. The friend, whose name the woman cannot recall as she is still in a daze, soon got off at his destination. The cabbie then drove her around south and central Delhi and started molesting her.

The woman, a second-year student in an undergraduate course, told the cops that she had sat next to the driver while her friend got into the rear seat. She tried to resist when the cabbie started molesting her after the male friend had left, but the driver threatened her with dire consequences. “We have registered an FIR based on the statement of the complainant. A dedicated team has been formed to identify the offender,” said additional DCP (New Delhi) Eish Singhal.