Japanese tourist raped, feared Nirbhaya-like fate

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A Japanese tourist who was allegedly raped by a taxi driver in Kullu on May 30 feared she would be brutalised like Nirbhaya. While identifying the accused in an identification parade on Saturday, the 30-year-old woman told police that she stopped resisting him after he threatened to "call five or six men and have her gang raped".

Deepak (37), who offered to take her from Manali to Kullu, drove her instead to a secluded place in Kullu and tried to force himself on her inside the cab. She told cops that she gave in after his chilling threat as she did not want to suffer the fate of Nirbhaya, the 23-year-old woman who died 12 days after being gang-raped by six men inside a bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012.

Deepak was arrested on Friday. Kullu SP Shalini Agnihotri said the survivor knew nothing about the accused, the taxi model or its registration number. "After repeated inquiries, we got one clue from woman - the make of the music system in the car," Agnihotri said. "A restaurant was also identified on the Manali-Kullu bypass road where they had stopped. We worked on these two leads and our teams started connecting the dots."