A 28-YEAR-OLD woman was allegedly gangraped by eight men when she was out house hunting with her husband in Amboli Monday night. Eight persons, including one with criminal recordwere arrested. The accused were produced before the Bandra court that remanded them in police custody till November 4.
The victim, a mother of two, was sent to a government hospital. She was later discharged.
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According to the police, the incident took place around 10.30 pm at a tenement in Amboli where the victim and her husband had gone to look for a house on rent. Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said the couple stayed back in the house of a woman — a family friend — who lived in the locality for the night. The couple earlier lived in Powai and wanted to move to Amboli since the husband had got a job in the area.
The woman, who is employed in a hospital, gave the couple the keys to her home and left for work. According to the police, the accused who lived in the same locality were loitering around near the woman’s house. The police suspect the men had been keeping an eye on the couple as they were looking for houses in the locality and knew the family friend at whose house they were residing would leave for work at night.
Around 10.30 pm, when the couple were alone, the accused forcibly entered the house and assaulted them, said the police. “Three men held the husband outside the house as five others took turns to rape the victim inside. They later beat up the couple. The entire episode is suspected to have lasted at least for an hour,” said a police officer.
The couple later called up the police and an FIR was registeredaround 4.30 am.
The accused were identified as Nastain Zafar Ali Shaikh (19), Nagesh Hanumanta Dhangar (19), Imran Mohammad Shaikh (23), Mohammad Gulam Hussain Khan (23), Rakesh Laxman Kher (21), Zahir Sharif Khan (23), Ijaz Ahmed Shaikh (23) and Pradeep Gurudev Ghaghar (23). Investigating officer Balwant Patil said Ghaghar had a prior criminal record of housebreaking.