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Nurse cries rape at five-star hotel

New Delhi, Aug. 18: A 28-year-old nurse tending to the ailing wife of one of the owners of a central Delhi five-star hotel was gang-raped in the complex by two helps employed by the businessman’s family, police said.

“The 28-year-old nurse has alleged that she was raped by the duo at Oberoi hotel on Friday. Both accused have been arrested,” said deputy commissioner of police (south-east) P. Karunakaran.

The police said the nurse, employed with a well-known hospital, had gone to the hotel to look after the co-owner’s 80-year-old wife, who needs an attendant 24X7.

The two suspects had also been hired to take care of the woman, said another officer. The accused have been identified as Neeraj, 25, and Rajan, 20. One of them is said to be a personal cook of the co-owner’s wife.

Rajan and Neeraj took the nurse to the staff quarters within the hotel complex on some pretext and gang-raped her there, the police said based on the victim’s complaint filed last night.

A medical examination has confirmed rape, the police said, adding a case had been registered at the Nizamuddin police station, under whose jurisdiction the hotel falls.

A statement from The Oberoi, New Delhi, asserted that the two suspects were not its employees. “The incident is very unfortunate. The individuals in question are not hotel employees. We are fully co-operating with the police and local authorities in the investigation,” the statement said.

The woman lives with her husband near Delhi University, around 20km from the hotel. Another senior officer said the victim had been coming to the hotel for the past two months, working in shifts alongside two other nurses.

“The co-owner of the hotel had signed a contract with a private hospital to provide medical care to his ailing wife at the hotel itself. Under the contract, the hospital was asked to provide round-the-clock medical facilities. As part of it, three nurses were looking after the wife in three shifts,” said the officer.

The nurse has alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by the two suspects twice in the past, adding she did not inform her family then as the duo had threatened to kill her.

On this occasion, the nurse was allegedly raped by the duo on midnight of Independence Day.

According to her complaint, Neeraj and Rajan had threatened her with dire consequences this time too if she revealed the incident to anyone.

However, the nurse told her husband about it, following which she lodged the FIR yesterday.