Indian police investigate as Chinese tourist says she was led to tea house by driver, drugged and raped
- Woman says she lost consciousness after taking tea with driver and another man
- Tourist from Guizhou says she suspects ‘many people took part’ in assault
Indian authorities are investigating a Chinese tourist’s claim that she was drugged by several men and may have been raped, the Chinese embassy in New Delhi said.
The 25-year-old woman, from southern Guizhou province, contacted tourist police in Agra, Uttar Pradesh state, on Monday after she said she was offered tea laced with sedatives the day before and lost her memory, The Times of India reported on Thursday.
The Chinese embassy said it had contacted the woman and was following the case.
Zhao Jun, director of the consular section at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, said the woman was still in India but he did not know her exact whereabouts.
“We have kept contact with her via phone and pushed Indian authorities to complete their investigation as soon as possible. The police have so far not offered us any findings from their investigation,” he said.
The woman – who had travelled alone – arrived in the town of Khajuraho in central Madhya Pradesh on December 28, where she befriended an auto rickshaw driver who took her to her hotel.
She filed the complaint with Agra police with the help of two Chinese passengers she met on a train on Monday, alleging that on Sunday she lost consciousness in Khajuraho and was likely to have been raped after taking several cups of tea from the driver and another man in a shop.
The case was taken over by Madhya Pradesh police and two young men, including the driver, were detained, the newspaper said.
They admitted offering tea to the tourist but denied misconduct, it said.
An initial medical examination of the woman on Monday showed no signs of sexual assault, police said. Blood tests were to follow.
According to her statement to the police reported on Friday by Chinese news video platform Pearvideo.com, the woman claimed she was invited to a tea stall on Sunday by a group of local men and drank two cups on her way to a museum.
She felt dizzy at the museum and, after leaving, she met the same men again and was invited to another cup of tea with them at the same place, she said.
She said her last memory was someone telling her that, “I understand your feelings. Look at one point and not another place.”
“After three cups of tea, I felt so dizzy. And they tried to keep me there, talking and many, many things … They wanted to go into my mind and control my mind,” the woman said.
“Not only one person did the things … I can feel. Many people took part,” she said.