KOLKATA: A 26-year-old woman on her way home from work was forced into a car in Chetla — one of the city’s best-known residential localities — blindfolded, and raped by at least two persons on Saturday evening. She was brought back in the wee hours of Sunday and dumped on the slope of Chetla bridge, yards away from a police picket.
This is the latest in a string of rapes to have shocked the city, starting with the gangrape of a woman in a car on Park Street on February 5. The area in Chetla from where the woman was kidnapped on Saturday is crowded all day. She was waylaid at 7.10pm, when there would be hundreds on the road.
The victim has told police she was attacked near the gates of a multi-storied building near Chetla bridge. Two men grabbed her and bundled her into a car before she even realized what was happening. They blindfolded and gagged her and drove for around 30 minutes. She was then taken into a house, where she was stripped and raped by at least by two of her abductors after removing her blindfold.
Police sources said that during the rape, the goons kept threatening that her 10-year-old daughter, too, would be raped if she went to the police.
“After the rape, around 3am, she was allowed to wear her clothes. She was once more blindfolded and taken into the car, groaning in pain. At 3.40am, she was dumped on the western slope of Chetla bridge in a semi-conscious state. She somehow managed to go back to her house. On Sunday, she mustered enough courage to lodge a complaint against 10 unknown people at Charu Market police station,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.
Among those named by the victim is a local tough named Chheno. Though she said Chheno was not among her abductors or rapists, she suspects him of hatching the plot to rape her. Chheno was arrested. She said the hoodlums stalked her and harassed her almost every day.