A teenage girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped for about 10 days by a 33-year-old man in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, India.
The girl’s father had lodged a missing complaint on February 8 with Kaladora Police in Roopangarh of the said district about his 14-year-old daughter and suspected Devaram Gurjar’s role in it, they said.
“We had put Gurjar under surveillance and arrested him from Roopangarh late last night,” Station House Officer of Kaladera police station, Hukum Singh said.
Gurjar, who is married, accepted that he had kidnapped the girl and took her to Maharashtra, the officer said.
After spending few days there, he came back to Roopangarh with the girl and raped her, Singh said.
Police have booked the accused under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO Act and got the medical examination of the victim done.
India’s tourism minister had said last year that foreign women should not wear skirts or walk alone at night in the country’s small towns and cities “for their own safety”.
Discussing tourist security in the north Indian city of Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, Mahesh Sharma said foreign arrivals to India were issued a welcome kit that included safety advice for women.
“In that kit they are given dos and don’ts,” he told speaking to media. “These are very small things like, they should not venture out alone at night in small places, or wear skirts, and they should click the photo of the vehicle number plate whenever they travel and send it to friends.”
He added: “For their own safety, women foreign tourists should not wear short dresses and skirts … Indian culture is different from the western.”
The welcome kit, geared at female travellers and introduced two years ago, is one of a suite of measures introduced to address declining rates of female tourism after the high-profile gang-rape and murder of a Delhi medical student in 2012, and a number of subsequent attacks on female tourists.