Delhi man held over rape of 87-year-old woman


NEW DELHI: FEB. 15 – A 30-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping an 87-year-old woman in India’s national capital, Delhi.

Police said the man was a sweeper who lived close to the woman’s home in the city’s Tilak Nagar area. The woman, who is bedridden, was alone at home on Sunday afternoon when she was attacked and robbed, police added.

The victim’s family had blamed the police for initially only registering a complaint of theft and not of rape – the police have denied this. Police said that the woman’s family on Sunday had reported only theft – and alleged rape in a second complaint on Monday.

But a relative told the Indian Express newspaper that the police allegedly told the victim and her daughter not to pursue the rape case as it would be “stressful” for them. “The police registered a theft case and didn’t even inform us,” this person said.

The woman lives with her daughter, who was not at home at the time of the assault. She returned to find her mother injured. The National Women’s Commission said on Monday it had written to the Delhi Police seeking action against the officers who had allegedly not reacted promptly.

In 2020, another case of elderly rape – the survivor was an 86-year-old grandmother in Delhi – had shocked the country. Rape and sexual violence have been under the spotlight in India since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi.