Delhi lawyer arrested for raping woman he met on dating app
A lawyer has been arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman at her home in Hauz Khas neighborhood in South Delhi after they met on a dating app, police said on Thursday.
They said the 27-year-old defendant was arrested two weeks ago and released on bail by the court.
The case came to light after allegations of police inaction were made on social media on Thursday. According to police, an FIR was filed on January 20 on the woman’s complaint. She alleged she was sexually assaulted in her home by a man she came into contact with through a popular dating app, they said.
The accused, from Haryana, was arrested on 2 February. He resided in the Old Rajendra Nagar neighborhood in the nation’s capital, Deputy Police Commissioner (South) Benita Mary Jaiker said.
In the meantime, it has been alleged that the police failed to invoke sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the FIR.
Responding to the allegations, the DCP said: “No discrimination on the basis of caste has so far come to light. The only contact between the complainant and the defendant has been through the dating app and a chat feature. secret chat of a social messaging application. The investigation is still ongoing. If any law articles are drafted, they will be added during the investigation. The case was filed against the lawyer for rape, assault of a woman with intent to undress her and criminal intimidation, police said.
In a separate incident in the Kirti Nagar area of West Delhi, a girl studying in Class 7 claimed on Wednesday that she was raped twice by her 27-year-old neighbor.
She alleged the man first raped her in December last year and then again five days after threatening her.
The girl then told her mother what had happened and she reported the incident to the police, a senior police official said.
A case has been filed against the neighbor for rape, criminal intimidation and other sections of Indian Penal Code and POCSO Act, the official said.
The accused was arrested the same day and taken into custody, he added.