NEW DELHI - A property dealer in south Delhi's Chittaranjan Park locality, with a preponderance of Bengali residents and house owners, was arrested here for allegedly raping his 27-year-old Brazilian tenant twice within a week after mixing sedatives in her coffee, police said today.
The arrest of the property agent, identified as Amandeep Singh (35), came after medical examination of the woman confirmed rape, additional commissioner of police (South East) Mr Virender Chahal said.
Amandeep Singh was detained after the Brazilian, who is pursuing a Mass Communication course in a private institution in Noida, approached police claiming that her landlord raped her twice after giving her coffee laced with sedatives.
"I want justice," the Brazilian said after Delhi Women's Commission chairperson Ms Barkha Singh met her at the police station. Ms Singh said it was a "shameful incident".
Delhi chief minister Mrs Sheila Dikshit condemned the incident and said police should step up efforts to ensure safety of the citizens, particularly women.
"This kind of incident should not happen... There should be a sense of safety and security for everybody, particularly women," Mrs Dikshit said.
The woman, who came to India in the first week of June, has been staying in the rented accommodation since 19 June.
She claimed that on 20 June, her landlord came to meet her and offered coffee. She fell unconscious after drinking the coffee and the landlord raped her on that day. He allegedly raped her again on 21 June.
"On 27 June, when he tried to rape her, she resisted and asked him to leave the premises," a senior police official said.
Amandeep Singh was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Mr Munish Markan who allowed his custodial interrogation after the police submitted that he was required to be quizzed for recovery of some articles including his undergarments.
Though the prosecution sought five days police remand, the judge granted custody only for one day.
-The Statesman/Asia News Network