A homeless woman in Mumbai was brutally raped and assaulted on Friday by a 45-year-old man, identified as Mohan Chauhan. The man allegedly inserted an unknown object into the woman’s private parts, who passed away at a government hospital on Saturday due to excessive bleeding.
The accused allegedly assaulted the woman, 32, in a tempo van in Mumbai’s Sakinaka area in the early hours of Friday. A watchman, who saw the assault, alerted the police causing Chauhan to flee the scene before the police arrived.
The police found the woman unconscious. She was admitted to the Rajwadi Hospital in an unconscious state. An FIR is registered against Chauhan based on the watchman’s testimony. He was tracked down by the police in Kurla based on the CCTV footage and was arrested in the evening.
He is charged with rape and an attempt to murder. The police are examining if he has a prior criminal record. “We have booked the accused under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 307(murder attempt). He has been traced and arrested. He will be produced before a magistrate court on Saturday,” said Balwant Deshmukh, senior police inspector of Sakinaka police station.
The rape victim’s mother was traced back to a slum in Andheri. She was asked to leave the house after a fight. The victim was a single mother with two minor daughters. Her husband had left her.