she was alone as her husband was stranded
A police case has been registered against an unidentified man after he allegedly raped a 53-year-old visually impaired woman.
The incident happened on Friday, April 17, 2020, in the city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
The victim had been alone at her home as her husband was stranded in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district due to the ongoing lockdown in India.
It was reported that the woman works as a banker.
She had been sleeping at her home when a man entered and allegedly raped her.
After sexually assaulting her, he took her phone and ran out, locking the door from the outside.
Meanwhile, the woman began shouting. Neighbours heard her screams and managed to force their way into the apartment. They informed the police when she told them what had happened.
Police arrived at the scene and the visually impaired woman explained what had happened.
She said that she was alone as her husband was stranded in Rajasthan.
The woman revealed that she had left the balcony door open to let some fresh air in amid the humid weather. It is believed that the man entered at around 3:30 am.
The woman lived in an apartment on the second floor of a three-storey building.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Sanjay Sahu said that it was likely that the perpetrator entered the apartment from the open doors and might have got to the second floor via the stairs.
After explaining her horrific ordeal, the victim was taken to hospital for a medical examination.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case against the accused. Efforts are being made to locate and arrest him.
Inspector Chandra Bhan Patel of Shahpura Police Station said:
“A case has been registered under section 376 (rape) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the hunt is on for the accused.”
While a case has been registered, police have said that they are acting with caution as the victim has been deeply affected by the ordeal.
The victim’s husband was informed about the incident and was allowed to return home after seeking permission from the district magistrate.
This shocking case comes as there are 987 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh and 53 deaths.
In India, there are over 11,900 cases and more than 390 people have died from the virus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi implemented a nationwide lockdown on March 24, 2020. It was extended until May 3.