A 32-year-old woman who was raped and brutalized inside a stationary tempo in suburban Sakinaka in Mumbai died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in the wee hours of Saturday, police said.
The incident, which took place on Friday,10th September, has been paralleled with the 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ case for its barbarity. As per the preliminary probe, she had been raped and also assaulted with an unknown object, which was allegedly inserted into her genitals. She had also been stabbed with a knife, a police official told PTI.
Police arrested a 45-year-old pavement dweller in connection with the crime on Friday itself after he was spotted exiting the tempo in CCTV footage, officials familiar with the matter said. He was remanded to police custody till September 21.
He has been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape), 323 (assault) and 34 (common intention). The police control room received a call in the early hours of Friday that a man was thrashing a woman on Khairani Road. The accused originally hails from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.
“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,” BJP leader and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said.
Another BJP leader Pravin Darekar said the “onus” of the incident was entirely on the Shiv Sena-led state government “because there is no respect left for the law”.