Gurgaon woman found dumped on road, alleges rape but later backtracks in court

HT Correspondent

New Delhi, Sept. 28 -- A 26-year-old woman was found dumped near Artemis Hospital in Gurgaon's Sector 51 without any clothes and with injuries on her body around 10pm on Thursday. Gurgaon Police said the woman, who was in an inebriated condition, had initially claimed that she was abducted from Kherki Dhaula, where she worked in a garment manufacturing unit, by three men who gave her a soft drink mixed with alcohol and then raped her. She had claimed the men then threw her out of the car. The police immediately registered a case of gang rape and took her to the local civil hospital for a medical check-up. But the woman refused to undergo the test. On Friday, the police took the woman to the City Court to register her statement. But she completely changed her statement before the magistrate and said she was not raped but molested by an autorickshaw driver and his accomplice. According to the first FIR, the woman was returning home when three men dragged her into their car around 6pm. She alleged they took turns to rape her near Hero Honda Chowk at an under-construction site. The police later changed the rape charges to molestation. The police identified both the accused and arrested one of them on Friday. The arrested auto driver, Maya Ram, told the police he had taken the woman to his rented room near Sector 15 on Thursday evening and molested her along with his accomplice. But after she "created a scene", the duo dropped her in Sector 51. Police are conducting raids to nab the other accused. ACP (City) Narender Kadyan said, "The woman has repeatedly changed her statement. She was drunk when we found her. She had told us that she was abducted in a car but in the court, she said she boarded an auto from Sadar Bazar. The men in the auto molested her and offered her a cold drink that contained alcohol." "In her changed statement, she said she got down from auto and met with an accident due to which she was injured and her clothes were torn," the ACP said. The woman's husband, who was also in the court, denied any foul play over her changing statement and said his wife initially insisted on rape charges under the influence of alcohol.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.