Man who Raped Teenager in Germany 12 Years Ago, Arrested


New Delhi, Aug 31: After months of investigation, the Delhi Police arrested from the national capital a man who had allegedly raped a teenager in Germany 12 years ago, police said Monday.

Jaswant Singh, 36, was arrested Sunday night from his house in Adarsh Nagar area in northwest Delhi.

"The accused went to Germany in 1992 and was staying there illegally. In 1997, he along with two of his friends Karan Singh, an Indian, and Mohammad Shahzad, a Pakistani, assaulted and raped a 17-year-old German girl at Darmstadt in Germany," a senior police officer said.

According to the officer, the girl was walking back home Aug 1, 1997, after missing her train when the three spotted her. Jaswant Singh caught up with her and dragged her inside a park, where he raped her. The other two also raped the girl before letting her go.

The involvement of the three accused came to light when owner of Le Petit restaurant, where Jaswant Singh was working as a chef, overheard him and Karan Singh talking about the incident and informed the police.

While the other two were arrested, Jaswant Singh somehow escaped, and went to Holland from where he returned to India.

Karan Singh and Shahzad were put on trial in Germany and sentenced respectively to 10 and eight years' imprisonment.

Since Jaswant Singh was absconding, the German embassy here forwarded copies of the records of the case to the external affairs ministry in 2008, asking criminal proceedings be initiated against him, the officer said.

The matter was then handed over to Delhi Police's crime branch.

"The German authorities did not have much information about him. We just had his name and place of birth, which is Miani in Punjab's Hoshiarpur area. Information regarding persons with similar names and description who had arrived from Germany over the past few years was gathered. Sources were deployed in various locations in Punjab and people engaged in facilitating immigration were also tapped," the police officer said.

"After months of investigations, Jaswant Singh was arrested from his house at Adarsh Nagar area. He will be put on trial at New Delhi only as Germany has not sought his extradition," he said.

Jaswant Singh was at present running a transport business from an office in the national capital's Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar area, the officer said.



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  • Biju Samad, Mlore / Kollam / Khobar

    Tue, Sep 01 2009

    Its great to hear such news getting arrested after 12 years but look at the punishment where the others had 10 years and 8 years respectively that means by this time (to date) he would had been out of this crime and now Jaswant will be on court for doing that crime. Anyways wishes to the officers who had done a great job

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  • Sharmila, Bandra, Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 01 2009

    Great Job!!!! This man must be hanged to death. The crime rate is exceeding to a large extent. The law in India is not justified. Look at the punishments given in arab countries. The culprits are always given some years of imprisonment and are fined, then they are left loose, thats the reason we have lot of criminal cases in our country. I think the law should be strict, and then u see the level of crime rate, it will drasticaly reduce. I really feel and a thought should be given to this.

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  • Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg/Germany

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    What a good news. Finally the guy who raped a 17year old girl in Germany was arrested. I wish only the guy will get a long term sentence for raping a young woman. We are not able to imagine the trauma the girl faced. We only can hope she overcame it. Best Kurt

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