Police say the accused told them he murdered and then raped her; but as there are no strangulation marks or bruises on the body, they are uncertain of the way the murder took place
A 60-year-old woman, Malan Jadhav, was allegedly murdered and then raped by her son who was under the influence of liquor, on Thursday night in Wakad in Pune. The police have arrested the 38-year-old, Sandeep Jadhav, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code comprising 376 (rape) and 302 (murder).
The incident came to light when the deceased’s elder son, went home on Thursday night and then approached the police. Police said he found his mother lying motionless and called a doctor who said she might have been raped. His brother was not there.
Inspector Ajay Bhosale of Wakad police station, who is investigating the case, said, “The incident took place on Thursday evening around 8.30, when the accused went home and was under the influence of liquor. He found his mother asleep. He claimed he verbally abused her, beat her and then raped her. The elder son, Pravin Jadhav (43), a driver, found her.”
He added, “Since the past three months, the complainant (Pravin) stays with his wife in another house, which is near his mother’s house. They stay separately because of the constant harassment by Sandeep when he was drunk. During investigation, it has been revealed that Sandeep had demanded sex with his mother in the past and had even forced her to remove her clothes, but she had threatened to approach the police.
However, no such complaint reached us.” Inspector N J Shaikh, in-charge of Wakad police station, said, “We have arrested the accused but the execution of murder is not clear. There is no mark of strangulation or any bruises on the deceased’s body. Due to this, we are uncertain about the way the murder took place. The doctor claims she might have died due to the shock of her son raping her or due to suffocation.”
He added, “After the post-mortem report, we will also be able to know whether the deceased was murdered first and then raped or the other way round. The accused claims he had murdered his mother and then raped her. He is unmarried. He has studied upto HSC and works for daily wages at construction sites. He is always under the influence of liquor.”
Speaking to mid-day, Pravin said, “Our mother had undergone many hardships to bring us up after our father died. Initially we all used to live together. My brother is an alcoholic. Due to the daily nuisance and ruckus that he created after he got drunk, I shifted to another house with my wife . I feel guilty that I left my mother to stay in another house.”