A Russian woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in a service apartment in Tiruvannamalai. The police have detained six persons in connection with the crime.
The 21-year-old tourist reportedly checked into a hotel in Tiruvannamalai a week ago and had moved to a service apartment on July 12.
According to TOI one of the suspects took the woman to a hospital on Monday evening, after he found her unconscious in the service apartment. The police then moved the woman to Tiruvannamalai Government Medical College and Hospital, where the doctors confirmed that the woman was sexually abused.
“She has regained consciousness but is unwilling to speak. We have picked up a few suspects and are conducting inquiries. On Wednesday morning, we will be making a requisition to the magistrate to obtain a statement under section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure,” a senior police official told The Hindu.
During questioning, one of the six suspects reportedly told police that he accompanied the woman to the temple and ashram in the town on Friday.
A police officer told TOI that the suspect said that she had invited him to the apartment on Saturday night and that they had consensual sex that night and the following day. The suspect also claimed that he found her unconscious when he returned to the apartment on Monday evening.
The woman also confirmed that her cash and belongings were intact.
The police have registered a case under IPC section 376 (rape) and Section 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).