20-year-old US national alleges molestation by cab driver in Delhi

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A US national has alleged she was molested last week in New Delhi by a cab driver while she was on a visit to an Ahmednagar-based spiritual centre.

A case has now been registered against the cab driver after the complainant earlier refused to report it due to fear.

The case was registered first in Tophkhana police station of Ahmednagar on the complaint of the girl and later transfered to Chitaranjan Park police station of New Delhi for further probe as the crime took place in that area, said Saurabh Tripathi, Superintendent of Police of Ahmednagar.

The taxi driver has been identified as Devraj Chauvan (30), who works for a travel company.

“The driver has been booked under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code,” the Ahmednagar SP said.

The girl said she had hired a taxi of the travel company to visit various locations after arriving in New Delhi on July 24, while staying at a hotel in Chitaranjan Park area of New Delhi.

“The driver allegedly tried to physically abuse her. She could not speak about it due to fear then but after coming to Ahmednagar, she shared the incident with her colleagues,” the SP said.

Later, the girl narrated the incident to the district police chief after which the case was formally registered.

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