A 42-year-old woman was allegedly raped inside a public toilet in Memnagar area of the city on Sunday. The woman was allegedly being harassed since last 10 days by the accused who is public toilet employee and a migrant from Bihar.
The Ghatlodia police who rushed to the spot after the widow’s son raised an alarm detained the accused from the Pay & Use Toilet and dragged him to the police station. The police identified him as Nathuni Mahato a migrant of Hajipur tehsil in Bihar.
The victim, a regular at the pay and use toilet, went to the toilet on Sunday too when the accused tried to harass her first. When the victim was coming out of the toilet, he had allegedly shut the door from inside. The victim was the only user inside the toilet during the time of the incident and the accused allegedly took the opportunity to assault her.
The Ghatlodia police said he raped her brutally inside and she suffered injuries too on her body. However, she couldn’t save herself and rushed towards her residence in Patelvas at Memnagar.
Ghatlodia Inspector, AG Gohil said, “The victim is around 42 years and she first reported the matter to her son. The family called the 108 ambulance who took her to a civil hospital after her health deteriorated. The family members and community members gathered outside the public toilet where the accused was present. He tried to flee from there however the police arrived and detained him from there. We are going to thoroughly question him tonight after which he will be declared arrested for rape.”
The victim who is a widow lives in a four-room house with her son and other family members in a joint family system. She was reportedly having domestic issues with her sister-in-law due to which from last few weeks she was using the public toilet.
Inspector Gohil said, “She and her sister-in-law had some issues and she wanted to avoid the everyday conflicts, therefore, had started using the pay and use toilet nearby. However, she was being harassed at the public toilet by the accused from last 10 days. She never told her family until today when she told her son. We will record her statements too after she is reported fine by the doctors at the hospital. If she was threatened all these days, we will add more charges against the accused.”
The victim is undergoing treatment at the Sola civil hospital.
The police added that the accused has been working at the public toilet from at least last three months. The accused has been booked for rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code.