In September 2019, a 32-year-old man was allegedly gang-raped by five drug addicts at Vashi's Sagar Vihar lake when he was on his evening walk. The victim who works as an administrator in a Belapur-based private company went for an evening walk. When he did not return home for a long time, his family began looking for him. It was around 9 pm when five men, allegedly inebriated, committed the crime. The survivor is a father of two children
Doctors treating the man were horrified at the brutality of the crime. The police, too, have said it is the worst case of gang-rape that they have come across in recent years. The police said the rapists dragged the man more than 20 metres inside the bushes and took turns raping him. When the man protested by kicking them, they overpowered him and pushed a whole coconut with a condom almost 12 centimeters into his rectum
According to the doctors, they had to drill the coconut using a drill machine at slow speed in order to break it inside. It was broken into four parts before retrieving it from his rectum. The doctors also recovered a condom and pieces of cloth that the accused had pushed into his body. The entire surgery went on for three hours
According to the victim's statement, he reached at Sagar Vihar and was smoking when five people who looked inebriated asked him why he was standing there. As soon as he opened his mouth to reply, two of them put their hands over his mouth from behind and dragged him into the bushes. He tried to kick them off but two others held his legs. The rapists then took him a further half-a-kilometre inside through a broken compound wall. He told the police and doctors that while two of them held him, the other three raped him in turns. He said when they had finished, they inserted a coconut wrapped in a condom into his rectum
According to the victim, he collapsed on the ground and lost consciousness following which the accused fled. After a while when he regained consciousness, he tried to call for help but no one was around. He then somehow walked till the end of the compound, took his bike and went to his family doctor. As soon as he reached the clinic, he fell unconscious
The friends of the gangrape survivor have threatened to take out a candlelight march or sit on a hunger strike if the cops fail to act. They have submitted a letter to senior police officers alleging the lackadaisical attitude of the local police who have failed to arrest the accused even 96 hours after the incident. Also, the police are reluctant to add attempt to murder and kidnapping charges in the case, both of which evidently happened, his friends said
The survivor comes from a middle-class family and the family is struggling to collect funds for his surgery, his friends have been trying to help out. His family is unwilling to be part of any protest out of fear of their 'name being ruined'.
A friend of the survivor, Atish Gharat said, "First of all, it took more than 24 hours to convince the cops to register a case in this matter. The incident had taken place on Monday evening and the case was registered after almost 24 hours. The cops wasted more than 24 hours questioning my friend's character."
The police investigating the Navi Mumbai gang-rape seem no closer to finding the rapists despite allegedly bombarding the survivor with questions over the past few days. The survivor's friends have blamed the cops for breaking their friend's spirit by continuously questioning him about his presence at the secluded spot on the day of the rape. They have alleged that the survivor broke down twice during the intense questioning
The one question the survivor of the brutal gang-rape in Vashi constantly asks his 69-year-old father is whether or not the rapists have been arrested. "I have seen him pleading with the police to arrest the accused soon and give them severe punishment," the father told mid-day.
Residents said they have stopped going for walks at Sagar Vihar Lake due to the rise in illegal activities. Residents have complained to CIDCO and NMMC officials several times but no one has taken cognisance. The accused in the case have not been arrested so far
The police are now investigating an incident from a few years ago when the survivor had helped nab some robbers. He had seen some people breaking open the locks of a neighbour's house. He waited for them to enter the house and quickly locked the door from the outside. He then gathered all the residents and called the police. Further investigations are on
A 32-year-old man was allegedly gang-raped by five drug addicts at Sagar Vihar in Vashi when he was out on his evening walk. The doctors treating the survivor said that the attack was brutal and he was lucky to survive. Here's what we know about the gruesome rape case so far
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