Policemen break language barrier, help Jap tourist

A Japanese tourist was shopping in central Delhi’s Connaught Place when her bag containing a laptop and camera was stolen from a luggage showroom on May 29.

The manager of the showroom informed police, but they were of no help as she failed to communicate in English or Hindi. However, the police officers went the extra mile to help her lodge a complaint and took her to the Japan embassy at Chanakyapuri.

According to Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) S B S Tyagi, a case was filed after the victim’s statement was recorded with the help of a translator at the embassy.

The victim has been identified as Sachiko Okuzumi, who hails from Saitama Prefecture of Japan.

She was at the VIP showroom in E-Block when two men flicked her handbag.

The manager of the showroom, Vikas Narang, informed police after she raised an alarm.

“This was her first time in India and she only spoke Japanese. So we took her to the Japanese consulate not only to help her, but also to help ourselves,” said a police officer.


At the consulate, police made Sachiko talk to a translator, who kept dictating her version of the event. An hour later, Sachiko had her FIR in her hand.

“I was approached by two men who could speak little Japanese. While I was talking to one man on my right side, the other guy came from behind and stole my bag. I would like to request your respected office to nab two culprit and recover my stolen items,” Sachiko stated in her complaint.

A case of theft under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code has been filed with Connaught Place police station.

“As far as we were concerned, we wanted the complainant to be satisfied with police proceedings,” the officer added.

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