July 9, 2009 1:43:04 am
The resident doctor from St George Hospital,accused of raping a medical student over the past few months,was remanded to police custody till July 14. Dr Rahul Samarpal Singh Deshwal was arrested on Tuesday after the 23-year-old victim registered a complaint with the MRA Marg police.
On Wednesday,MRA police officials produced Deshwal before the Magistrate Court at Ballard Pier and sought a maximum remand period of 14 days. According to the victims statement,the accused has taken naked pictures of hers and threatened to make them public unless she agreed to have sex with him. His laptop,cell phone and pen drive have been sent for screening and till we get the results we need his custody for proceeding with the investigation, said Additional Public Prosecutor B Jadhav.
Deshwals father arrived at the court with a relative. He only said that his son is innocent. The accuseds counsel Arpan Rajput argued that a minimal remand period be given to his client as whatever had to be recovered as evidence is already in police custody.
Crime Branch officials said that Deshwals laptop has been sent to the Cyber Crime Cell for screening. Police Inspector Kalpana Pawar from MRA police station said that they have also sent Deshwals clothes to the Forensic Science Laboratory. She added that the victim has alleged that the accused had also cheated and taken advantage of other girls in a similar way,a charge that needs to be investigated.
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Before declaring the date of remand,Magistrate V V Shrikhande asked Deshwal if he had taken any pictures of the victim. The accused denied clicking any. According to police sources,during preliminary interrogation Deshwal vehemently denied having any liaison with the victim or taking her photos. He has been reiterating that she wanted a better future and when he refused she levelled these allegations against him, said an official.
Meanwhile,MRA police officials will be visiting the hospital campus to collect information on the victims allegation that there were other girls who had been victimised. In her statement the victim has alleged that the accused had victimised some other girls also. In the next few days we will be visiting the campus to collect more information on the above. If other girls also approach us with allegations against the accused our case will undoubtedly become stronger, said an official.
Between May 2008 and March 2009,the accused allegedly raped her repeatedly. The first time,Deshwal allegedly spiked her drink,clicked naked photos and then after threatening to make them public unless she complies,he allegedly raped her. He would threaten to send the pictures to her relatives,torture her before having sex and then reassure her saying that he would marry her. However,over a month back,he had returned from his village and shown her the photo of his fiancée. She then approached the police, said an official.
Her father had got her sister married to someone against her wishes and the victim wanted to chalk a better future for herself. When the accused promised to marry her after raping her,she had grudgingly consoled herself that he being a doctor and she a medical student,they would have a future. Despite being tortured,beaten and made to drink alcoholic substances,she had borne it all just on the hope that he would marry her, said an official.
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