A 49-year-old married woman living in Vile Parle was gang-raped by three of her acquaintances in Ahmedabad. while the police arrested two of the defendants, one remains at large.
The captured defendant has been identified as Lalasaheb Sukhnath Yadav and Shashank Sanjay Sawant.
According to police sources, the victim lives with her husband and children in the Vile Parle and ran two beauty salons in Juhu. Due to losses during the pandemic, she closed both salons.
Defendant Lalsaheb who lives in Kandivli was his close friend for the past 25 years.
Lalsaheb often came to his residence in Vile Parle. On January 6, she visited her residence to play cards and took her to Ahmedabad along with two of her friends under the pretext of gambling.
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They stayed in an apartment in Ahmedabad, played games late into the night and had a drink together.
“Lalsaheb and his two friends sexually assaulted the victim throughout the night and the next day they all returned to Mumbai on January 7,” an officer said.
After reaching Mumbai, the victim disclosed the incident to her husband and they both rushed to the Vile Parle Police Station and filed a written complaint.
“After investigating the complaint, we have registered a case against the three defendants under sections 376, 376(d), (e), 354, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code,” the police officer said.
“As soon as the case was registered, both Lalasaheb Yadav and Shanshak Sawant were arrested while Rajput is on the run. The arrested defendants were brought before the court on Monday and taken into police custody. We have now launched a special operation to arrest the defendants who absconded,” he added.