New Delhi: A 34-year-old woman, who was raped and brutalized inside a stable tempo in suburban Mumbai’s Sakinaka, died while undergoing treatment at a local hospital in the early hours of Friday.
One accused – 45-year-old Mohan Chouhan – has been arrested; he was arrested under charges of rape and attempt to murder
In a vile attack that bore a disturbing similarity to the assault on a young medical student in Delhi in 2012, the woman was sexually assaulted and tortured – an iron rod was inserted into her body.
A team of police officers – alerted after the control room received an emergency call at 3.30 am on Friday – found her lying in a pool of blood on Khairani Road.
Day time visuals from the area show a busy main road, with more than a moderate amount of traffic buzzing up and down. Disturbing CCTV footage has also been secured by the police; grainy visuals seem to show a man standing over what looks like body lying on the ground.
The caller told the police a woman was being beaten by a man, news agency PTI said.
She was rushed to the government-run Rajawadi Hospital.
A PTI report said preliminary inquiries found bloodstains inside the tempo, which was parked by the roadside during the assault.
Mohan Chouhan (45), the accused, was arrested within a few hours of the incident, said an official. The police control room received a call in the early hours of Friday (September 10) that a man was thrashing a woman on Khairani Road, he said. A police team rushed to the spot to find a woman lying in a pool of blood. She was taken to the civic-run Rajawadi hospital, an official said.
Friday’s preliminary probe showed the woman had been raped and also assaulted with an iron rod in her private parts, and the official said that the incident had taken place inside a tempo parked on the roadside.
Acting on some leads, accused Chauhan was arrested under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 376 (rape) and further probe was on, he added.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has taken grave note of the incident and is discussing it with concerned officials, while Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said he was “shocked” over the development. Terming the incident as “sad and shocking”, Home Minister Diip Walse-Patil said that the arrested accused would be given the most stringent punishment.
In December 2012, a young woman — later referred to as ‘Nirbhaya’ — was brutally gang-raped and assaulted inside a moving bus in Delhi, causing a wave of outrage across the country. She died in hospital after struggling for life for several days.