Three years after a US citizen was gang-raped in Chandigarh, a local court on Monday allowed the police to record the rape victim’s statement under section 164 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) and conduct a test identification parade (TIP) of the accused through video-conferencing.
The identification parade and statement will be recorded through US embassy. The directions came after police moved an application.
The case dates back to April 17, 2015, when the US national, 25, had landed in Chandigarh on a tourist visa.
After she failed to get an accommodation in several hotels, Baldev convinced her to stay the night at his friend, Lucky’s (27) house in Kharar, Mohali. Baldev and his friend then allegedly forced the victim to consume alcohol and then took turns to rape her.
They also stole victim’s laptop and mobile phone and then abandoned her. Within a week after the incident, the victim left the country. On April 24, 2015, the rape victim filed an online complaint to then Chandigarh IGP from France.
On November 14, 2016, the Chandigarh police registered a case against the two accused. Baldev was arrested on December 23, 2017, while Lucky is still on the run. The police filed the charge-sheet against the accused on March 27, 2018.