A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang raped in New Delhi, India on Tuesday. Police said the woman was attacked after asking for directions near a popular shopping district.
She approached a group of men for directions, but they lured her to a secluded area where they raped her at knife-point, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. The woman managed to reach her hotel Tuesday evening and the owner called police.
"When she came, it was miserable," said Amit Bahl, owner of the Amax Hotel in the Paharganj area, which is popular with backpackers. The woman was crying and "not in good shape," he said.
Cultural stigmas, police apathy and judicial incompetence have long made it difficult for women to even report rapes. Still, there has been a surge in the number of rapes being reported recently, suggesting women are emboldened to speak up. Between January and October last year, 1,330 rapes were reported in Delhi and its suburbs, compared with 706 for all of 2012, according to government figures.
Police are reportedly questioning suspects in the area, but no arrests have been made.
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