Visakhapatnam City Police Sunday night arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly raping a woman on a pavement while the passersby watched and did nothing to rescue her. Ganji Shiva, a truck driver, who was in an inebriated condition and high on ganja, allegedly raped the 28-year-old woman on the busy pavement between Railway New Colony and Railway Station at 2 pm. Vizag II Town Police Station Inspector G V Ramana said Shiva allegedly made threatening gestures at anyone who looked at him due to which people did not intervene or looked the other way. An autorickshaw driver sitting on the opposite side of the road recorded the incident on his mobile phone which he showed to police.
“The woman had left her home in Vepagunta near Pendurthi on the outskirts of Vizag after a tiff with her husband and had arrived in Vizag on a bus early Sunday. She took shelter under a tree on the pavement when Shiva assaulted her. He is an alcoholic and drug addict. The video shows several people passing by but no one stopped to help the woman. Her husband is a labourer and they fought Sunday morning after which she left home and took shelter on the pavement. She has been admitted to KGH,” Inspector Ramana said.
Police said they arrived at the scene within a few minutes of being informed but the culprit ran away. Based on CCTV footage, he was arrested in the night.
Officials who watched the video said that they were shocked at the apathy of people who witnessed the crime but did nothing to stop it or help the woman. The police control room received at least six calls from the spot from passersby while Shiva was assaulting the woman but apart from that they did nothing to help her. “The victim told us that she belongs to a socially and economically backward family and after a fight with her husband did not know where to go so she came to Vizag and was resting on the pavement,” Inspector Ramana said.