The Navi Mumbai police have detained five people for questioning in connection with the rape of a Finnish national in Belapur, the police said on Thursday.
The 36-year-old woman had gone to Belapur’s Indulge resto-bar late on Monday. “It is not yet known whether the woman was alone or if she had company,” said an inspector from Belapur police station on condition of anonymity.
She left for her home after midnight and waited for an autorickshaw. When none came by, she hitched a ride with an unidentified man. “The unidentified driver drove her to a deserted stretch in the nearby Parsik Hill and dragged her out of the vehicle. He then assaulted and raped her before abandoning her on the spot,” said Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Ramrao Wagh.
She found her way to a petrol pump where seeing her bruises, a police patrol offered her medical aid. The victim refused the assistance and asked to be dropped at her Nerul home.
Later, her husband took her to Vile Parle’s Nanavati hospital. It is not known why he didn’t take her to a nearby hospital. Nanavati doctors conducted tests and informed the Navi Mumbai police about the assault and rape. The Belapur police then registered a rape case against an unidentified person. “We are yet to trace the vehicle,” said Wagh. On Thursday, the case was transferred to the Nerul police.
Wagh said among the detained are petrol pump workers and some who frequently drive around the area where the victim was taken.
The victim, who has a multiple-entry (tourist) visa for India, was discharged from Nanavati hospital on Thursday. Her husband, a Finnish engineer, works with a heavy engineering company in India. The two along with the victim’s 16-year-old daughter from her first marriage, have been living in Nerul for a year.