After around 33 hours of painful fight, the 34-year-old Mumbai rape victim passed away on Saturday morning at a Mumbai hospital.

In a stark reminder of the Nirbhaya case, a Mumbai woman was raped in a stationary auto in suburban Sakinaka and was left to die after her private part was violated with an iron rod and she was attacked with a knife as well. As per the Mumbai police, the police control room had received a call in the early hours of Friday that a man was beating a woman on Khairani Road. Following the call, a team of cops rushed to the spot and found the victim lying in a pool of blood. In an attempt to save time, the woman was rushed in the same auto to the Rajawadi hospital.

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As a result of rape and being violated by an iron rod, the victim lost a lot of blood. Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale told the media that the police came to know about the crime when the watchman of a company located in the same area called the police control room and said that a man was seen beating a woman.

Based on CCTV footage, Mohan Chouhan (45), the accused, was arrested within a few hours. According to Mumbai police, the accused worked as a driver and lived on the pavement in the same area. His blood-stained clothes were also seized and the same would be sent for forensic analysis to find out if it is the victim’s blood, the commissioner added. A Special Investigation Team has been formed to conduct the probe, he said.

The police have booked the accused under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (rape), 323 (assault), section 302 (murder) a police release said.

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In the CCTV footage, the rapist was seen stabbing the women’s genitals with an iron rod several times. After assaulting her, he put her in a tempo and escaped. About 15 minutes later, a passerby found the woman unconscious and in a pool of blood. Even when the nation is still outraging against this horrible case, another case has been reported from Tamil Nadu where a woman was Drugged and Gang-raped in Moving Car. While CM Uddhav Thackeray, National Commission for Women, and BJP ministers condemned the incident, the citizens would surely like to know where is the accountability for such cases.

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It’s the same cycle for authorities, horrible rape cases happen – they condemn the incident and vow to take the strictest action – and then another case appears. The incident shows even after 9 years of the Nirbhaya incident when the nation had protested for the safety of its women, not much has changed on the ground, rapists still have no fear of the law and authorities are still taking action reactively instead of creating safer spaces for women.

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