Delhi girl takes lift from friend, drugged, beaten

Neelam Pandey

New Delhi, June 16 -- A 20-year-old woman was drugged, abducted and assaulted by a friend and dumped at an isolated place in Vasant Vihar on Thursday night, police said.

The woman - a management graduate from a Noida college - told the police that Prashant offered her a lift in his car from the Priya Cinema complex in Vasant Vihar and gave her a soft drink mixed with sedatives.

"She said Prashant physically assaulted her in the car and drove around the city for several hours. Prashant then called Milind, and the two shifted her to his car and dropped her at an isolated spot in Vasant Vihar," a police officer said.

Prashant and Milind have been arrested. "A case of abduction, drugging and assault has been registered," said Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police spokesperson.

While Prashant was the victim's senior in college, Milind did a course in hotel management from another institute.

Police said the woman, after being dumped, called up her family in Vasant Kunj and reached the AIIMS trauma centre.

"We got a call from the hospital that an injured woman had been admitted. A team was sent to record her statement," the officer said. The woman had come to Priya Cinema to watch a movie with another friend, who left after the show. NEW DELHI: Despite several steps taken by the Delhi Police to curb crime against women, the Capital is still as unsafe as ever for the fairer sex.

In the recent past, the city has witnessed a significant increase in the number of rape and molestation cases and in a majority of them, the accused were known to the victim.

The latest case of crime against a woman was reported from south Delhi's Vasant Vihar area where a graduate from a prestigious business institute in Noida was drugged and physically assaulted by her male friend and his accomplice before they dumped her at an isolated place.

Police said even in this particular case, one of the accused was known to the victim; he was her senior at college. Police said the girl was offered a lift by the accused and she accepted it. Police have arrested both the accused, Prashant and his accomplice Milind.

"The girl said Prashant had offered to drop her home in his car around noon. On the way he offered her a cold drink, which was laced with sedatives. After drugging her, he drove around in the city. She was drowsy and said that when she protested, he assaulted her," said a senior police officer.

Police said around 8pm, Prashant called his friend Milind and asked him to meet him. They then allegedly moved the girl to Milind's car and she was later dumped near a petrol pump in Vasant Vihar area, police said. Prashant had reportedly left for home after shifting her to Milind's car.

According to sources, the victim was assaulted and molested by the accused when she protested his intention.

"The girl somehow managed to inform her parents about the incident and reached the AIIMS Trauma Centre. The hospital authority informed us later and on the basis of the victim's statement, we registered a case and arrested the accused," added the senior officer.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.