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Danish Tourist Allegedly Gang Raped In One Of India's Most Popular Tourist Spots

The 51-year-old woman, who reportedly asked a group of men for directions to her hotel in Delhi, was instead gang raped, beaten and robbed in broad daylight.

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A 51-year-old Danish woman was allegedly gang raped, robbed and beaten in broad daylight on Tuesday, Jan. 14, when she lost her way to her hotel in New Delhi, India.

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An investigator at the spot where the Danish woman alleged she was robbed and gang-raped, in New Delhi on Jan. 15.

The woman, who was lost while returning from India's National Museum to her hotel in Paharganj, asked for directions from a group of men at around 4 p.m. in Connaught Place, a central shopping center and one of Delhi's biggest tourist attractions.

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Connaught Place is a central commercial area in the heart of New Delhi.

The woman, who was kept hostage for three hours, managed to reach her hotel, Amax Inn, after 7 p.m. She narrated the incident to the manager of the hotel who then called the police around 9 p.m.

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"It was miserable," Amit Bahl, owner of the Amax hotel in Paharganj (pictured above), told the Guardian. "I am really ashamed that this happened."

The woman was highly traumatized at the Paharganj police station and was "bruised on her face and neck," a police officer told IANS. After the police registered a case, ten men were detained for questioning, the Guardian reported.

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A view of Delhi's Paharganj area where the Danish tourist was staying.

The woman reportedly refused to undergo a medical examination and returned to Denmark on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Delhi police is in contact with the Danish embassy and the woman said she would return to India to depose if needed, India Today reported.

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Foreign tourists walk past Delhi police officers in a neighborhood which houses hundreds of budget hotels.

Just weeks before this alleged attack, a Polish woman said she was drugged and raped by a taxi driver while traveling with her two-year-old daughter to New Delhi.

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In the three months following India's most publicized gang rape in December 2012, the inflow of foreign women tourists to India fell by 35% according to a survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry Of India.

Rape cases in Delhi doubled in 2013 compared to 2012. Between January and October 2013, 1,330 rapes were reported in Delhi. In 2012, 706 rapes were reported in total.

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Police say the rise in figures may indicate that women are more likely to register rape complaints.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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