77-year-old woman raped in Delhi

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New Delhi:  In another incident which exposes chinks in the police's claim of the Capital being safe for women, a 77-year-old woman was raped and beaten up by an unknown rickshaw puller in Outer Delhi on Saturday.

The incident came to light in Outer Delhi's Rohini area, barely 200 metres from the K N Katju Marg police station, early on Sunday morning after a passerby found the victim in a badly bruised condition.

A senior police official said they have rounded up around 100 rickshaw pullers and were questioning them. The victim is reportedly the wife of a former town planner.

According to the official, the victim had gone to her sister's residence in Rohini Sector 15 on Saturday afternoon, and the incident took place when she was returning home in a cycle rickshaw.

"Usually the sister used to accompany her. However, yesterday the victim was alone and struck a deal with a rickshaw puller for Rs 25 for ferrying her to Sector 7 in Rohini," the official said.

However, he said, the rickshaw puller took a different route than the usual one she used to take and took her to the Japanese Park area.

The official said the victim's family had claimed that the rickshaw puller suddenly overturned the rickshaw and picked up an argument with her.

The victim then offered more money and asked him to take her home faster. However, the official said, he allegedly attacked her with a brick, made her smell some chemicals following which she became semi-conscious and then he raped her.

The victim has two sons who started searching for her around 9:30 pm after she did not reach home.

"The two sons thought she was with the other one. They approached the police at night," the official said.

The victim is undergoing treatment in a hospital and a case of rape has been registered, the official said.

The incident comes four days after a young girl was shot dead outside her college by an alleged stalker, and an 83-year-old woman strangled by two men during a robbery at her house.

Around 40 rape cases have been reported in the capital so far this year.

In 2010, the city witnessed 489 rape incidents, including the infamous Dhaula Kuan rape and Mongolpuri, as against 2009's 459. The figures for 2006 was 609 followed by a drop to 581 next year while in 2008 it further dipped to 466.

Almost similar was the case with molestation cases in the capital in these years but it showed an increase this year to 585 from last year's 532. While 2008 had 597 cases, there were 835 incidents in 2007 wand 713 in 609. In over 90 per cent of such cases, the accused were known to victims.

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