A Malaysian woman was allegedly raped by a business associate last Thursday while she was in India on a business trip.
According to Indian media reports, the 30-year-old woman went to India on May 31 and visited the cities of Bangalore, Jodhpur and Jaipur, where the incident took place.
She met Puneet Jain, a management consultant, during her visit and had been in discussions for a project, reported newswires IANS.
On Thursday while in Jaipur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, she had dinner with Jain, after which they went for a drive.
He allegedly raped her after having earlier drugged her with a cold drink, said Deputy Commissioner of Police for Jaipur East, Mr Amandeep Singh.
The woman has left for Malaysia and Indian police said her absence will not impact Jain's prosecution as enough evidence has been collected, reported Times of India.
Police have found semen stains from the car in which she was raped and have taken into custody the homemade gun Jain allegedly used to threaten her.
A soft drink bottle in which Jain allegedly had mixed some substance to drug her has also been recovered.
Police said the victim could not tell the exact location where she was raped as Jain drove her around an area unfamiliar to her.
A police officer said an investigation has been launched to find out how Jain got the gun.
"The absence of the victim will not have any impact on the prosecution. We recorded her statement before a magistrate before she left for Malaysia.
"She has repeated the incident before the magistrate in exactly the same way she did before the police," said a police officer.
The police officer said going by the evidence gathered by the police, it was a premeditated rape.
Said the officer: "Even before Jain took the victim to the hotel to have dinner with her, he intended to drug her and rape her.
"We have found evidence that undoubtedly suggests he raped the woman. The fact that he was carrying a gun also consolidates our theory of premeditation."
Jain is said to have used his father-in-law's car to drive the woman around.
"We arrested Jain within three hours of a (police report) being registered by the woman.
"The car was also seized, from which we have collected semen samples, which have been sent for forensic examination," said the officer.
This article was first published on June 9, 2014.
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