Delhi gangrape
Women carry a floral tribute at an event to mark the anniversary of the brutal gang-rape of Nirbhaya ("the fearless one") in Delhi, outside the Indian High Commission in central London on 16 December 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters/Andrew Winning

A 28-year-old nurse, who was attending to a patient at a five-star hotel in Delhi, was allegedly gang-raped on 15 August by two men, bringing more national shame over the safety of women, ironically on the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for women's safety in his Independence Day speech in the Capital istelf.

The nurse, who works with a private hospital, used to visit a suite in the Oberoi Hotel located in central Delhi to attend to the hotel owner's 80-year-old wife since last two months. She has alleged that the two accused raped her inside the suite itself. According to the Times of India, the two men were attending to the octogenarian for several months.

The police has said that the duo took the woman to their room to rape her. "On Friday, the victim was on duty at the suite where the owner's wife has been staying for four years. The accused forcibly took her to their room and gangraped her," a senior officer told Hindustan Times.

The nurse was reportedly traumatised and did not report the crime on Friday, but confided in her husband on Monday after another attempt by the two men to rape her. Her husband then informed the police on Monday. 

The accused, identified as Neeraj, 25, and Rajan, 23, have been arrested and are lodged in Tihar Jail. The nurse, who hails from Tibet, said the duo had sexually assaulted her before Friday's incident, but she had remained silent under threats to her life from the two.

The hotel management issued a press statement claiming that the two accused were not employees at the hotel.

"The incident is very unfortunate. The individuals in question are not hotel employees. We are fully cooperating with the police and local authorities with the investigation," the statement said.

The police said it would ask for CCTV footages from the hotel to corroborate the case, and will also record the statement of the hotel administration.

The incident that occured in a five-star hotel brings more shame about the safety of women in the country. The capital, in particular, has had a poor record in crimes against women, the most sensational being the 16 December gang-rape. 

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