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Housekeeping staff allegedly raped by 15-year-old boy at 5-star hotel in Dehradun

A 24-year-old woman from West Bengal working as a cleaner was allegedly raped by a 15-year-old boy at a five-star hotel in Dehradun on Friday morning, police said.

The accused, originally from Chhattisgarh, was later apprehended by the police.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. in the ladies’ toilets of the hotel.

As the woman had just plugged in her mobile phone charging in the ladies’ room, the accused burst into the ladies’ room saying “good morning” to her. He then started talking to her despite the woman’s disinterest.

The woman, as mentioned in her complaint, questioned him for entering the ladies’ room. She then told the accused that they were not speaking to visitors and guests and that he should leave the ladies’ room immediately.

“Despite my resistance, the accused first locked the door from the inside and then raped me. Although I shouted for help, no one could hear me since the door was closed,” the complainant told police.

The minor had been staying with the family at the hotel for two days and was due to leave around noon, police said. On Saturday, the minor was taken to juvenile court and sent to a juvenile home in Haridwar.

The woman is married and has a daughter.

Rajpur Police Station Police Station Officer Mohan Singh said they had filed a First Information Report (FIR) and the investigation was ongoing.

Upon complaint of the survivor, a case was registered under Section 376 (Rape Penalty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Rajpur Police Station.

The woman’s medical report confirming the rape is awaited, Singh said.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues is of the utmost importance to us. We are working closely with local law enforcement on this incident,” a hotel spokesperson said.