Mumbai gangrape: Cuts on minor accused's wrist help in identification

A DAY after another woman came forward and said that she was gangraped by the same men who had brutalised the 22-year-old photojournalist on August 22 at Shakti Mills, cops have learnt that the 18-year-old survivor was able to identify one of the accused, a minor, owing to cuts on his right wrist.

Shakti Mills
A warning board has been put up outside the Shakti Mills compound. The board warns people from steering clear of the isolated area and also provides helpline numbers that people can call, if they are in trouble. Pic/Uday Devrukhkar

The NM Joshi Marg police said that when the minor and his accomplices had held the couple on the night of July 31, the boyfriend had cried out ‘I love her and see I even cut my hand for her’, attempting to request the accused to let them go.

However, the minor accused also held out his hand at that point of time and said that he too had cut his wrist for his girlfriend. “Based on those cuts and wounds, the survivor was able to identify the minor who had raped her,” said an official from the NM Joshi Marg police station.

Vinayak Deshmukh, deputy commissioner of police (Zone III), said, “The marks will be crucial evidence for us. We have also recovered one of the accused’s shirt, which the 18-year-old’s boyfriend was able to snatch when he tried to fend off the attack, but was eventually overpowered.”

The NM Joshi Marg is also likely to seek custody of the three accused, who are in custody of the Crime Branch for the gang rape of the photojournalist. “We will move a production warrant in court on Thursday when the Crime Branch’s custody ends,” added Deshmukh.

Raped commercial sex worker too
Investigations revealed that the minor in both the gang rapes, had also earlier lured a commercial sex worker to the mill and then allegedly raped her. The authorities said that they were hunting for the woman to see if she was willing to lodge a complaint too.

Different spots
Authorities added that the two survivors of the gang rape the 22-year-old photojournalist and 18-year-old had been raped in different spots inside the mill area.

Photojournalist identifies her tormentor
The photojournalist along with the colleague, who had accompanied her to the mill on August 22, identified the minor accused, who is presently at Dongri Children’s remand home. “The minor was the first to be arrested,” said the police. 

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