A foreign national studying in the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in suburban Chembur was allegedly gangraped by six persons known to her, the Mumbai Police said in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Three persons have been arrested while the other three are absconding, the police said. All of them are in the 20-25 age group. The police said the victim and her six companions had some drinks at a bar in northeast Mumbai on Saturday night, after which the men took her to Andheri. “The victim knew the six accused. They went to a beer bar in Govandi. Subsequently, they took her to a house in Andheri where, according to her, the six gangraped her,” Deputy Police Commissioner Dilip Sawant said. He said the victim approached the police on Tuesday night to lodge a complaint.
Another police officer said: “It was only on Sunday morning that she realized she’d been raped. She was shattered and didn’t know what to do. She kept mum till Tuesday but after discussing it with her friends, decided to lodge a complaint.”
Sawant declined to divulge the victim’s nationality and said further investigations were on.
Condemning the incident, TISS said in a statement: “We as an institution have always been committed to the well-being and safety of our students.”
It said it was taking all necessary steps to ensure justice is done to the victim. Added S. Parasuraman, director of TISS: “The victim is a post-graduation student of the international programme of our institute. We will provide all possible legal support to her to protect her dignity.” He added: “Those involved in the crime are outsiders (not from TISS).”
The institute urged the media to refrain from sensationalising the issue and to take precautions that police investigations are not hampered.
Established in 1936, TISS is among the premier institutes of higher education in the country. It has over 1,150 students, including several foreign students who come for various specialised courses.