Mumbai: A 34-year-old woman, who was raped and brutally assaulted with an iron rod in her private parts at suburban Sakinaka here, died during treatment at a civic-run hospital early on Saturday, police said.
The woman had suffered serious injuries in her private parts. She had also lost a lot of blood in the incident and was fighting for life at Rajawadi Hospital since the early hours of Friday, an official said.
Police said the accused had also attacked the woman with a knife after raping and assaulting her with a rod. The incident had come to light in the early hours of Friday when the police received a call about a man thrashing a woman at Khairani Road in Sakinaka, the officer said.
The police had rushed to the spot, where they found the woman lying in a pool of blood, following which she was admitted to the local Rajawadi Hospital, he said.
“During the investigation, it came to light that the woman had been raped and assaulted with an iron rod on her body and in her private parts inside a tempo parked by the roadside,” the officer said, adding that the police also had found bloodstains on the tempo.
While analysing the CCTV footage of the area, the police had zeroed in on a suspect as he was found leaving the tempo in the video, he said.
The police later arrested one Mohan Chouhan (45) and a case was registered against him.
BJP seeks capital punishment for accused
The Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra has sought capital punishment for the accused and also hit out at the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government over the issue of women’s safety.
Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said, “The Sakinaka woman rape case should be tried in a fast-track court so that the accused gets punishment at the earliest. Maharashtra Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) should meet the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court and request him to hold the trial in a fast-track court.”
“I know that awarding a sentence is in the hands of the judiciary. But I feel the culprit in the Sakinaka rape should be hanged to death,” he said.
The Sakinaka incident was “an unfortunate reminder of the Delhi rape case”, Fadnavis said, adding that attacks on women was a matter of concern.
Asked about the proposed Shakti Act, the BJP leader said, “Existing laws are sufficient to take tough actions against the culprits. It is the will power of the state to take tough decisions and follow it up till the logical end.”
Talking to reporters, Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council Pravin Darekar blamed the state government.
“The onus is entirely on the state because there is no respect left for law. It is horrible to know the kind of pain that she had to go through. I am deeply anguished by her death…I can not describe my feelings in words.”
“Several such incidents have occurred in different parts of Maharashtra, wherein women were assaulted. In a couple of incidents, minor girls were raped, but the state government does not seem to be serious about it,” he said.
Darekar added, “When I reached Rajawadi Hospital, I spotted Congress leader Naseem Khan there with his party workers. I was shocked to see the Congress workers raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the premises of the hospital.”
The BJP is being accused of politicising the incident, but it is the Congress indulging in such practice, he alleged.
State BJP vice-president Chitra Wagh called for formulation of a new act on the lines of SC/ST Atrocities Act, so that the culprits involved in atrocities against women do not get bail easily.
She also asked Maharashtra Women and Child Development Minister Yashomati Thakur why hasn’t anyone been appointed on the post of chairperson of the state women’s commission for over a year.
“I am told that the file to appoint chairperson for the state women’s commission has been sent back eight times by chief minister and deputy chief minister. How is this government going to defend it?” she asked.
Wagh said Thakur was now pointing fingers at similar assaults on women that had occurred in the past.
“But Thakur should not forget that she is a cabinet minister. She cannot escape from our questions on women’s safety. She should tell us the reasons behind not appointing a chairman on the state women’s commission. Why so much delay when the commission’s primary duty is to address women’s issues?” she said.
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