German woman rape accused sent to judicial custody
[ Wednesday, March 22, 2006 08:03:16 pmIANS ]
JAIPUR: A senior bureaucrat’s son, accused of raping a German tourist in Rajasthan, was on Wednesday sent to 15 days of judicial custody.
V.H. Mohanti was arrested on Tuesday based on a rape complaint filed by the woman.
"Mohanti was produced before a local court in Alwar, which remanded him in 15 days’ judicial custody. The police are interrogating him," a senior police official said on telephone from Alwar.
Mohanti, son of a senior Orissa cadre Indian Police Service officer, had confessed to his involvement in the rape at a hotel in Alwar, saying he had intercourse with the woman, the official said.
He said the victim recorded her statement before the court under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), adding that a challan (penalty) against Mohanti, an MBA student of a Delhi-based private institute, would be submitted soon.
The woman, meanwhile, was allowed to return to Delhi.
Mohanti was arrested by Alwar police at the Khairthal railway station, around 50 km from Alwar, while he was returning to Delhi by train.
This is the second case of rape of an overseas woman tourist in Rajasthan. In May last year, auto-rickshaw driver Shankast Lal and his accomplice Rakesh had raped a German tourist in Jodhpur. Both of them were found guilty and awarded life imprisonment by a fast-track court.
The tourism industry is worried about the impact of these incidents.
"I feel this kind of incidents will certainly hit tourism in the state as tourists, especially foreigners take these matters very seriously," said Karan Singh, a local travel agent.
"Whenever they go to a place they first enquire about the law and order situation. And now with this incident being flashed all over the world, I think it will take time to convince them," he said.