Mumbai: A woman in her early 30s was raped and brutally assaulted in stationary tempo in Mumbai’s Saki Naka early Friday (September 10), police said. The heinous incident has shocked the nation, and it bears a disturbing resemblance to the 2012 Nirbhaya incident in Delhi, in which the Saki Naka woman was also sexually assaulted and tortured, with an iron rod inserted into her body, according to sources.
According to an official, the accused, Mohan Chouhan (45), was arrested within a few hours of the incident. According to him, the police control room received a call in the early hours of Friday (September 10) about a man thrashing a woman on Khairani Road. A police team rushed to the scene, where they discovered a woman lying in a pool of blood. According to an official, she was taken to the civic-run Rajawadi hospital.
According to the preliminary investigation, the woman was raped and assaulted with an iron rod in her private parts on Friday, and the incident occurred inside a tempo parked on the side of the road.
Acting on some leads, accused Chauhan was arrested under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 376 (rape), he said, adding that an investigation was ongoing.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has taken serious note of the incident and is discussing it with relevant officials, while Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis has expressed “shock” at the news.
Home Minister Diip Walse-Patil described the incident as “sad and shocking,” and said the arrested suspects would face the harshest punishment possible.
In December 2012, a young woman dubbed ‘Nirbhaya’ was brutally gang-raped and assaulted inside a moving bus in Delhi, sparking outrage across the country. She died in the hospital after a few days of fighting for her life.
(With PTI inputs)