In Mumbai, a woman was raped, tortured in Saki Naka, dies in hospital, and one accused, 45-year-old Mohan Chouhan is arrested.
The woman in her 30s was raped and a rod put in her private parts and she was rushed to the government-run Rajawadi Hospital for treatment. admitted to a hospital in a critical condition on Friday and succumbed to her injuries on Saturday.
Reports say that she was raped and brutalized inside a stationary tempo in suburban Mumbai’s Sakinaka in the early hours of Friday and later found lying by the side of the road in a pool of blood.
A team of police officers was notified of the attack after the control room received an emergency call at 3.30 am on Friday, they hastened to the site and found the woman lying in a pool of blood on Khairani Road.
One person, by the name of Mohan Chouhan, a 45-year-old, has been sent to police custody till September 21, booked on Friday under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code.
A statement from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office denounced the “shameful” and “highly condemnable” incident and vowed to ensure the strictest punishment for the accused.
“This incident is highly condemnable… it shames humanity. The accused will be given the harshest possible punishment and a fast-track court will handle the trial,” the statement said.
The brutal sadistic attack exhibited a frightening similarity to the assault on a young medical student in Delhi in 2012, Nirbhaya, where she was gang-raped and tortured leading to her death.
CCTV visuals from the area show a bustling main road, some amount of traffic moving. Distressing CCTV footage has also been obtained by the police revealing faded visuals of a man standing over what looks like a body lying on the ground.
The National Commission for Women has taken note of the horror calling out its “barbarity and atrocity” directing the police “to immediately intervene…. an FIR must be filed”.
The NCW urged charges of rape, murder and voluntarily causing grievous hurt, and asked police to complete inquiries in a fair and time-bound manner.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis condemned Mumbai’s Sakinaka rape case and demanded a special fast-track court for the case on Saturday.
Besides, the National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma too has taken serious cognizance of the matter and said that a member will be sent to inquire if there is no development in the case.
What was stunning was the selective silence of the BJP and the NCW over the brutal gang rape and murder of Sabiya (name changed) recently in Delhi where the police come directly under the Center. The family later found their daughter with 50 knife stabs, her private parts mutilated, breasts chopped off, and throat slit and autopsy report revealed that she had been raped; however, the silence of the National Commission for Women too is almost heartbreaking for such a horrific crime.