Maharashtra: 35-yr-old gangraped in Bhandara, dumped naked on roadside

CM announces probe by SIT led by woman IPS officer

Sanjay JogUpdated: Saturday, August 06, 2022, 10:51 PM IST
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A 35-year-old woman, allegedly raped by three men, was found naked and bleeding on the roadside in Bhandara district three days ago. She was rushed to a local hospital by the residents who found her, but was later shifted to a hospital in Nagpur where her condition is said to be still critical.

The incident sparked outrage, following which Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a senior IPS woman officer will probe the case. The CM has also asked the police to fast track the case, so that strict action can be taken against the accused. He has also directed the administration to ensure that the victim gets the best treatment.

The police said that two of the accused have been arrested, but one is still on the run. The victim was on her way to her brother’s house in Kamargaon village, on July 30, after a bitter argument with her niece, when she met the first accused, Shriram Urkude. He promised to escort her but instead took her to Palasgaon and raped her in captivity till August 1. He later abandoned her near a forested patch along the national highway.

The victim on her own reached Kanhalmoh, where the second accused, Lukka Ashok Surve, befriended her on the pretext of helping her and raped her along with the third accused, Mohammad Ejaj Mohammad Ansari. The case has been handed over to the Goregaon police in Gondia district and further investigation is underway.

Outraged, both the ruling and opposition parties have made a strong pitch for the implementation of the Shakti Criminal Laws (Maharashtra Amendment) Act passed by the state legislature but pending for the Presidential assent. The Act provides for death penalty for rape and increased minimum quantum of punishment in case of acid attacks on women and sexual assault on children. It has also set a time limit of 30 days to complete probe from the day of registering of complaint.

Taking serious note of the crime, Maharashtra State Women’s Commission chairperson Rupali Chakankar said, “The Nagpur government hospital administration has been asked to give proper treatment to the victim.”

The Maharashtra Legislative Council deputy chairperson Neelam Gorhe, who spoke to Bhandara police chief Aniket Bharati, said that she has instructed the police to carry out the probe on a fast track basis and all accused should be arrested. She added that the victim will be provided help from the state government’s counselling and Manodhairya scheme for rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, the state BJP vice-president Chitra Wagh has demanded that the case be tried in a special court in a time bound manner and the accused be given strict punishment.

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