A 35-year-old Polish woman, who was on her way to Delhi from Mathura on Thursday, was raped allegedly by a cab driver and then dumped at Nizamuddin in South-East Delhi in the early hours of Friday. While a zero FIR has been registered by the Delhi Police, a search is on for the accused.

The incident took place on the Mathura highway. In her complaint, the victim told the police that soon after coming to India, she started living in Mathura. She frequently shuttled between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for her garment business.

A police officer told The Hindu that around 7 p.m. on Friday, the woman, along with her two-year-old daughter, left home and took a battery-operated rickshaw to the highway. As she was waiting for conveyance, a white car arrived there and she hired the vehicle. But after travelling some distance, the car stopped and the driver, at knife point, asked her to remain silent. As she offered resistance, the driver sprayed intoxicants on her face and she became unconscious. On Saturday morning, she found herself lying on a wooden bench, with her daughter crying next to her, at Nizamuddin, said the officer.

The woman alleged that she had been sexually assaulted. She found scratch marks and injuries on her body. With the help of passers-by, the mother-daughter duo went to the Paharganj police station.

A medical examination was conducted and based on the report and the victim’s statement, a zero FIR was registered under the relevant provisions of the IPC.