An 18-Year-old student of a premier college here was allegedly raped by a 32-year-old man at a secluded spot near Range Hills in Khadki, Pune, on Monday night. The accused, identified as Novel Joseph, a former bouncer, has been arrested.
“The victim and her family were staying in a foreign country for the past several years and the girl did her education abroad. They all shifted to Pune a few months back, and the victim was enrolled for a BA course at a college here,” said Inspector (Crime) S B Nikam of the Bundgarden police station.
According to the police, the victim said she was on a two-wheeler and had dropped off her mother at a hospital at around 11 pm on Monday. She was then on her way to meet a friend in another college. When she was near the Pune railway station area, the accused, who was also on a motorcycle, reportedly pointed to her two-wheeler and told her she had dropped something. So she stopped her two-wheeler to check.
“When she was talking to this man, she realised that she had lost her way. By this time, her phone had run out battery so she asked the man if she could access Facebook from his phone and find the number of her friend. She found the number and made a call to her friend from his phone. Her friend and the man spoke to each other. The man then told her that that her friend had asked him to show her the way to Range Hills area, and he would pick her up from there,” said Nikam.
The accused reportedly told her he was on his way to the same area and asked her to follow him. “He took a turn from a bridge near Khadki station. When she realised that she had been taken to a secluded area, he told her he was taking a shorter route. When she refused to go further, he forcefully took to the side of the road and threatened to kill her. He then raped her there,” said Nikam.
The victim told the police that the accused had also clicked her photos. After he left her there, she made her way to a petrol pump at around 1 am, where she was found by some people who called the police.
“She told us that she had made a call from the cellphone of the accused. The man was identified and his address traced, but he had left the place… We then got further information about his location, and arrested him,” said a police officer.
“The accused has been arrested and his interrogation will reveal more details,” said DCP Sudhakar Pathare.