A bed-ridden 108-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her son’s friend at home in Jabalpur town when the rest of her family was out shopping on December 4.
The crime was disclosed to HT on Friday by the president of the Jabalpur unit of the Mahila Congress after she took up the matter with Madhya Pradesh director general of police SK Rout in Bhopal.
The accused, Gopi Ahirwar, 45, a waiter in a hotel, lives in the same locality of Sita Pahad in Jabalpur cantonment and was a regular visitor to the victim’s home.
The victim, whose son is a daily wager, lives in the servant’s quarter of an army officer’s house. The victim’s granddaughter said, “As usual, we left the door open before leaving for the market that day as neighbours and relatives often visit our house to see my grandmother.”
The victim’s son said Ahirwar, who was drunk, bolted the door from inside. “As soon as he came out, our neighbours got suspicious and apprehended him.” The victim’s family rushed her a private hospital nearby but the doctors refused admission, claiming they wouldn’t be able to stop the excessive bleeding. She was then taken to a state government-run hospital, from where she was discharged on Monday.
Cantonment police station in-charge Mithlesh Sharma said the accused has been charged with rape and sent to jail.