NEW DELHI - Indian police rounded up a group of men Wednesday over the alleged gang-rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist who lost her way near the backpacker's area of the capital, officers said.
The woman approached the suspects for directions early on Tuesday evening while trying to return to her hotel in the bustling Paharganj area of New Delhi, reportedly after visiting a city museum.
Six men armed with a knife allegedly assaulted and then robbed the victim, who was travelling alone and had been in New Delhi since Monday after visiting the Taj Mahal, police and a receptionist at her hotel told AFP.
"We have detained a group of men and we are questioning them over the incident," special commissioner of police Deepak Mishra told AFP.
"The woman reported the attack to police and we are investigating. She has declined to undergo a medical examination (to confirm the rape)."
"They also took her mobile phone and other items and money in euros."
The alleged attack just minutes from Connaught Place in the heart of the capital is the latest involving a foreigner in India, and again raises questions about the safety of women in the world's second most populous country.
Mishra declined to say exactly how many men had been detained over the incident on State Entry Road opposite the New Delhi Railway Station, but local media put the number at 15.