The father of the 29-year-old woman filed a complaint on Sunday. “...We had contacted Sachin Paralkar’s family through a friend and a meeting was fixed at Star Mall in Dadar on November 25, last year.”
Like common citizens, traffic police personnel have resorted to taking pictures of potholes and texting them directly to civic officials. “Sending pictures of potholes via WhatsApp gets the work done a lot quicker then writing letters these days,” said a senior traffic police official.
As per Regional Transport Office (RTO) data, vehicular traffic in Mumbai has shot up by 50 per cent over five years. While there were 21.87 lakh vehicles registered in the year ending March 2013, the number rose to 33.35 lakh vehicles in March 2018. Over the same period, road length in Mumbai continued to hover around 2,000 km.
Then Mumbai Police commissioner Arup Patnaik, and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy, had said the case should be cracked within a week. Six years later, however, the perpetrators continue to be at large.
The constable has been booked under sections 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code. Senior inspector Shrikant Desai from RCF police station confirmed the case.
“The duo started fighting over the light... following which the accused started abusing her. Later, as she too abused him, he started assaulting her. He then banged her head on the floor and choked her to death,” Sewri police Inspector Sudhir Nagwe said.
On Sunday night, while playing with a cousin, the girl mentioned that the attendant had touched her inappropriately while taking her to the washroom. “We overheard the conversation and on Monday morning, took her to the hospital for a check-up. The doctor confirmed that her hymen was ruptured,” said the father.
The accused has been identified as Vigneshwar Vijay Jadhav, a resident of Shivaji Nagar in Worli. Police said under the influence of drugs, Jadhav had been stealing motorcycles for joy rides for about four months.