A 28-year-old Peeping Tom’s voyeuristic tendencies proved to be a costly habit. So much so that he had to pay with his life. Ram Singh Verma, a resident of Bhashkarnagar, Kalwa in Thane, was in the habit of peeping through a little hole in the wall to watch his object of fantasy take her daily bath.
The lady in question (name withheld) soon discovered that Verma had been watching her. She approached Verma and admonished the man for the outrageous act, and even tried to give him a moral lesson to dissuade the him from his ways. However, this did not deter Verma, and he continued to derive voyeuristic gratification as discreetly as possible.
On April 28, the woman caught Verma in the act once again. She then approached his roommates, and requested them to try and persuade him against outraging her modesty. The roommates confronted Verma, and got into an argument. When the latter did not budge, they allegedly thrashed Verma and he fell unconscious. The group then rushed him to Shivaji Hospital and informed the staff that Verma had slipped and fallen off a staircase.
Verma succumbed to his injuries and breathed his last at the hospital. The Kalwa police subsequently arrested the roommates, Mohammed Shaikh (22), Manoj Sharma (28) and Amit Kumar (28). “We have arrested three accused in the case. The accused thrashed him and he got internal injuries. The court has remanded them to police custody for four days,” said Arun Sonde, senior inspector, Kalwa police station.