A 45 year old auto-rickshaw driver identified as Aagya Pal Singh and his brother have been arrested for allegedly molesting an unidentified 22-year-old Nigerian girl pursuing her second year graduation from a Delhi University college in West Delhi, India.
According to reports, the young Nigerian girl was out to visit her friend ‘s home around 1.30 a.m. on Friday January 8th and had gotten into a hired auto-rickshaw in Tilak Nagar, when another man entered the vehicle and sat next to her.
The two men allegedly took turns to molest her in the running vehicle. When she resisted, they pushed her out of the running vehicle, injuring her.
Since the crime spot was not an auto stand, police were clueless about the identity of the suspects. Indian police scanned 17 CCTV cameras in the area, but had no luck.
“Only one CCTV had captured the auto, but the registration number was unreadable. The woman’s frequent use of local language and her heavy-accented broken English turned out to be an additional barrier for the investigating officers,” Pushpendra Kumar, DCP (West), told Indian newspaper, The Hindu.
A South Indian woman married to a Nigerian national was invited to help with the language. The victim told the police that her assailants were possibly injured in their heads as they were wearing “bandages”.
A better communication with the victim led the police to realize that the “bandages” were turbans. The Nigerian woman was then taken to some turban shops to identify the kind of turbans worn by the suspects. Once that was ascertained, police used other visual descriptions provided by the victim to conduct local interrogation and identify the suspects.
The 45 year old man was arrested at his home on Monday January 11th . He confessed to the crime. “The arrested suspect was driving the auto-rickshaw while his brother Baljeet Singh was the one who sat next to the victim. Finding the woman alone in the dead of the night, the brothers tried to take advantage of her,” said a police officer.