A 30-year-old taxi driver has been arrested for raping a 23-year-old woman at a park near Red Fort. The incident occurred on Wednesday (Sept 13). Chunnu Kumar had reportedly promised to drop the woman to a bus stop, but taken her to the park instead.
The woman said that she had come to the New Delhi railway station on September 11 and bought a ticket for a train to Ludhiana. She had been visiting her brother who lives in Noida, and was on her way back.
Accused Lied About Train Cancellation
She had come out of the waiting room around 4:30 am on September 12 to board the train, when the accused Chunnu Kumar started a conversation with her. He said the train had been cancelled. He added that he would drop her to a bus stop so she could go to Ludhiana. He then took her to a secluded part of the Golden Jubilee Park near Red Fort, assaulted her and fled.
The woman approached the police and they arrested the accused. She didn’t remember his name, but recalled the taxi’s registration number
CCTV Footage Helped Nail Culprit
The police thoroughly scanned the footage of CCTV cameras at the New Delhi station and identified Kumar, who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon. The police are checking if he has a criminal record. There have been many cases where taxi drivers have raped their passengers in Delhi.
Delhi reported 2,155 cases of rape in 2016, one of the highest in the country, according to police data. According to the 2015 National Crime Records Bureau, there were 2,210 rapes in Delhi compared to 712 in Mumbai and 112 in Bengaluru.
Though the central and Delhi government have come up with guidelines for taxi operators, these are never followed. Service providers fail to do a thorough check on the backgrounds of their taxi drivers, and many have criminal backgrounds.