MUMBAI: The Chembur police arrested a 24-year-old man for threatening a 20-year-old woman with an iron rod and raping her. The incident took place between 3 am and 4 am on Saturday in Chembur.The police have arrested the accused, Dhiraj Singh, who does odd jobs. He will be produced before a court on Sunday.
A police officer said that the survivor, along with a friend, had gone to Marine Drive for a stroll on Friday night. She along with him returned to her residence around 3am. “The accused, who stays in the same area and is known to the victim, was standing in a lane. He was holding an iron rod, and he threatened the woman and her friend. Panicking, the woman’s friend fled from the scene. The accused, while threatening the woman with an iron rod, took her to another lane and raped her,” said the police.
After the incident, the accused fled from the crime scene. The woman, who does odd jobs, approached the Chembur police and lodged a complaint. Two special teams were formed to nab Singh. “We arrested the accused and will produce him before the court on Sunday,” said an officer.
Jaikumar Suryavanshi, senior inspector of Chembur police station, said, “The victim was sent for medical examination. Our probe is on.” Police teams are also scanning CCTV cameras of the area. Manisha Shirke, a woman police inspector, is investigating the case.
It is learnt that the accused is married and stays with his wife. Investigators are also checking if there was any previous crime registered against the accused.
The accused was reportedly drunk. He was sent for medical examination and his blood report was awaited. The accused has been booked under Section 376 (punishment for rape), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)