The woman said she approached a group of men to ask them for directions on Tuesday evening. She was attempting to return to the hotel she was staying at in Paharganj an area of New Delhi. The woman had been visiting a museum in the city.
Six men allegedly armed with one knife assaulted and robbed the woman, who had been traveling alone. The woman only arrived in New Delhi on Monday after she had visited the Taj Mahal.
The police said that a group of males had been detained for questioning. The woman went to the police to report the attack but declined to undergo a medical exam to confirm the rape occurred.
Police said the woman told them that the men also stole her mobile phone, cash and other items.
The alleged rape is said to have taken place only minutes from Connaught Place, in the heart of New Delhi in the latest sexual assault case involving foreigners in India.
The incident is once again raising questions about women’s safety in the country. Police would not confirm the number of men detained, but media in New Delhi said the number was near 15.
One criminal investigator, who asked for anonymity, said the victim had been traumatized, but clearly remembers the sequence of events that took place regarding the attack.
The hotel’s receptionist where the victim was staying said the women appeared to be calm when returning to the hotel at 8:30.
The receptionist said the women needed 200 rupees to pay taxi fare since her money had been stolen.
The victim from Denmark gave a statement to police overnight while in the presence of the ambassador to India from Denmark.
The attackers were described by authorities as vagabonds, while the women said they had been just youngsters.
The woman said she had been taken to an area that was secluded by larger trees close to a statute.