Cops laud victim of July 31 gangrape at Shakti Mills

On July 31,the victim,a telephone operator with a private firm,had failed to return home.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published: September 4, 2013 1:41:17 am

The police have lauded the courage with which the victim of the July 31 Shakti Mills gangrape registered a complaint with them,even though her mother was against revealing it.

On July 31,the victim,a telephone operator with a private firm,had failed to return home. Her mother enquired with her colleagues,who told her she had left with a young man after work. When the girl did not return home till the next day,the mother registered a missing person’s complaint with the Bhandup police.

A month alter,on September 2,the victim’s mother called up the Bhandup police and told them to cancel the missing person’s complaint since her daughter had returned. However,police said the victim’s statement had to be recorded according to procedure,after which the victim and her mother went to the police station.

The victim told police she had eloped with her boyfriend as her family was opposed to their relationship. However,just as police recorded her statement,the girl said,“There is something more I wish to say.” Then she burst into tears.

The police gave her water to drink and calmed her down. After some time,the victim finally told them how she was gangraped at Shakti Mills. Police contacted her boyfriend and he too came and gave his statement.

“A complaint of gangrape was registered and we subsequently transferred it to the N M Joshi Marg police station,” police said.

Police officers who recorded the victim’s statement recalled she showed remarkable courage once she finally started talking about the gangrape. Amid pauses,she recounted as much as she could give as accurate a description of suspects as possible. Her boyfriend stood by her and supported her. “Will not let them go scot-free,” the girl told the police.

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