From the News: Cops prepare sketches of trio accused of rape

MUMBAI: The RCF police have prepared sketches of three persons, including an autorickshaw driver, who allegedly kidnapped and raped a 22-year-old homemaker with special needs on Monday. A constable attached to the Chunnabatti police station had spotted the woman lying in an unconscious state on the roadside nearby at around 7 pm. He then took the victim to Sion hospital. The Chunnabatti police tracked down the victim to a chawl at the RCF locality in Chembur and informed their counterparts there about the incident. When the victim came to her senses in hospital, she complained to her mother of pain in her private parts. “Based on her complaint, the doctors conducted a medical examination and found that she was sexually assaulted,” additional commissioner of police (east region) Quaiser Khalid said. He said the victim had visited her parent’s residence at the RCF area few days ago. “The victim’s parents said they were unaware their daughter had left home. Her mother only noticed she was missing early on Monday when she found the house door open,” he said. Deputy commissioner of police (zone VI) Manoj Lohiya said the victim said in her statement that she had stepped out of her house around 2 am. After walking for a short distance, an autorickshaw stopped in front of her and three persons told her to enter it, she said. “She also said she was not aware what they did to her. When she returned to her senses, she was in hospital. She said all that she remembered was that the three in the autorickshaw had misbehaved with her,” Lohiya said. He said cases of kidnapping and gang-rape had been registered after the medical report confirmed she was sexually assaulted. “RCF senior police inspector Shirish Shelke recorded the victim’s statement in hospital. Based on the description provided by her, we are preparing sketches of the accused,” he said.’ From External Website that opens in a new window

From the News: Two get jail for raping blind woman

‘Two men, accused of raping a blind woman and beating up her blind husband in 2008, were sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by the court of additional sessions judge SD Dharne, on Tuesday. The blind couple identified the voice of the accused and could feel the seat of the jeep which was used by the accused to offer them a lift. The couple’s evidence, backed by medical analysis, helped the prosecution nail the accused. The convicts, Maruti Pawle, 28, and Nitin Pawle, 30, are residents of Sonapur village in Haveli taluka. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the two. The money thus received will be given to the victim as compensation. On August 29, 2008, the couple had gone to Mauje Maner village on the Khanapur-Ranjane road to collect financial aid from a private firm. On the way back, they came to Shaniwarwada in the city around 4.30 pm to board a bus for their village, which is located near Panshet. However, they missed the bus. So, they took another bus that dropped them at Khadakwasla. A pan stall helped them by stopping a passenger jeep. Additional public prosecutor Sunil More said the accused dropped other passengers at Khanapur. After some time they dropped the blind couple and took Rs 20 from them. The time was 11 pm. He told the couple that their village has arrived. But the couple found the road unfamiliar. They told the accused that it was not their village. A verbal duel followed after which one of the accused caught hold of the blind woman’s husband and another dragged the woman to a ditch nearby. Both, Maruti and Nitin Pawle raped the woman, said the additional public prosecutor. The accused then forced the couple to board the vehicle and dropped them near their village. The victim told her husband about the rape on reaching home. They alerted the Pune city police control room on emergency no. 100, but they were advised to register a complaint with the rural police. The victim registered a plaint with the Haveli police station on August 30, 2008. Deputy SP Pravinsinh Pardeshi found the pan stall owner, who helped trace the jeep. Based on this information, Maruti and Nitin Pawle were held on September 2, 2008. One of the co-passengers in the jeep that day later told the police that he had seen the couple in the jeep. Besides, the couple identified the jeep by feeling the seat of the jeep which, they said was torn and had rods below. The victim’s husband identified the voice of accused among 14 different voices. More had relied on the couple’s evidence backed by the DNA report and chemical analyers report which was positive and examined 20 witnesses including two independent witnesses for proving the guilt of the accused.’ From External Website that opens in a new window

From the News: Deaf woman gang raped

BAHRAICH: A girl and a deaf woman were gang raped under Dehat Kotwali and Boundi police station respectively on Tuesday. The police have registered the case in all three incidents but the accused have not been arrested so far. The rape victims have been sent to the district hospital for medical examination. Reportedly a deaf woman Durga (30), a resident of Charigah village under Boundi police station went to the field where Lallan a native of the same village raped her. She narrated the incident to her family members and the next day they took Durga to the police station. The police have registered the case against the youth.’ From External Website that opens in a new window