“They offered chocolates while trying to lure me into jhuggi,” says visually-impaired woman raped in Delhi

A 20-year-old visually impaired woman was allegedly gang-raped by two or three men in a shanty next to her home near Karol Bagh on Friday morning.

Neighbourhood News Desk: Seated on the same old abandoned cart from which she was dragged into a jhuggi and allegedly gang-raped on Friday, a 20-year-old visually impaired woman shuffled between tears and anger while recalling her ordeal on Sunday. Friday morning was the first time her mother had left her alone at home ever since she could remember. Like every morning, the aged woman would fetch water from a nearby restaurant in a neighbourhood near central Delhi’s Karol Bagh.

The slum where the young woman lives with her mother and uncle has neither water supply, nor public toilets. Police have so far arrested Chotu Pal and detained two of his accomplices on suspicion that they were guarding the crime scene. While the victim recounted being gang-raped by two to three men, MS Randhawa, deputy commissioner of police (central), said she told her counselor in her statement that there was only one rapist while two men stood guard outside.

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