A woman in her early 30s, who was raped and brutally assaulted in stationary tempo in Mumbai’s Saki Naka early on Friday (10 September), died during treatment. The gruesome incident, which has a disturbing similarity to the 2012 Nirbhaya incident of Delhi, has stunned the country. The Saki Naka rape victim was similarly assaulted and tortured, with an iron rod inserted into her body, according to the police.
Police had arrested suspect Mohan Chouhan (45) within a few hours of the incident, said an official. The police control room had received a call in the early hours of 10 September that a man was beating 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 local municipality-run Rajawadi hospital, the cop said.
A preliminary probe showed the woman had been raped and an iron rod inserted into her vagina. The official said that the incident had taken place inside a carriage van parked on the roadside.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has taken note of the incident and is discussing it with the officials concerned while Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said he was “shocked” by the news. Calling the incident “sad and shocking”, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said that the accused would be given the most stringent punishment.
In December 2012, a young Jyoti Singh, who continues to be referred to as ‘Nirbhaya’ despite consent from her parents that they have no objection to naming her in the public discourse, was brutally gang-raped and assaulted inside a moving bus in Delhi, causing a wave of outrage across the country. She died in a hospital after struggling for life for several days at AIIMS in Delhi and then at a hospital in Singapore.