A witness in the case against a doctor and two policemen, who are in jail for allegedly gangraping a 20-year-old BSc student in Bhilai in June 2014, allegedly attempted suicide Monday night.
The police said Sonal Mahar, a nurse at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Supela, attempted suicide by slitting her wrists while she was on duty at the hospital. “She was treated here and then referred to the Sector 9 hospital. She is in the ICU,” senior officers said, adding that the nurse is in a critical condition.
The officers and Mahar’s family, however, said that her suicide bid has no connection with the gangrape case and that she was under no pressure on that front.
The 20-year-old girl, who was allegedly gangraped at the hospital where Mahar worked, had committed suicide on January 28. She had left behind a suicide note, suggesting that she had lost faith in the judicial process. Her family had alleged that they were being harassed for filing the case.
Senior police officers claimed that they have recovered a suicide note, which suggested that Mahar attempted suicide due to “problems at home”. Durg SP Mayank Srivastava said, “Preliminary investigation does not suggest any connection with the suicide of the rape victim or any pressure with regard to that case. We have recovered a suicide note, where she has said that nobody is to be blamed for her death. Her father has told us that he had scolded her due to some personal issues. This could be a possible reason. Her role in the court as witness was already completed.”
Police also said Mahar was one of the ten witnesses from the Supela hospital, where the rape had taken place, but was “not an eyewitness”.