Polish woman’s rape statement found inconsistent, say police

Two days after a Polish national alleged that she was abducted and raped by an unknown assailant on the Delhi-Mathura highway while she was on her way to Delhi, police investigation has found that the woman to be in Delhi till late afternoon on the same day.

The information has opened up possible discrepancies in the woman's statement and police said they were scanning her call detail records to ascertain the exact sequence of events.

On January 3, the woman went to the Paharganj police station around 7 pm to lodge a rape complaint. According to police, the woman had claimed that around 10 pm on January 2, she had been abducted and raped while she was returning to Delhi with her two-year-old daughter.

The woman, a cloth exporter who had been living in Mathura for the last three years, told police that from the bus stand near her house, she took an auto-rickshaw to go to Barsana, Mathura. However, the auto-rickshaw driver dropped her off on the NH2 at the Govardhan crossing.

The woman told police that while she was waiting for a bus to Delhi, a big white car pulled up beside her. She alleged that a man pushed her and her child into car, threatening them at knife point. She claimed that they sprayed something which allegedly made her lose consciousness. When she came to, she found herself on a wooden bench in Nizamuddin, with her child sitting next to her and wailing, she told police.

A medical examination of the woman confirmed rape, following which police registered a case.

Speaking to Newsline, Superintendent of Police (Mathura) Omvir Singh said, "Her statement seems doubtful and we have information that she was in Delhi till late afternoon on January 2. She has been in Delhi since January 1. It is highly unlikely that she would have gone to Mathura in time to return to Delhi at 10 pm the same day. We are scanning her call detail records to ascertain the exact sequence of events."

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