An unknown person attacked a 24-year-old woman in the early hours of Friday in the Malwani area of Malad (West).
According to the police, the incident occurred around 1.30am when the victim was walking in the compound of Gemini Apartments at Jankalyan Nagar. The accused allegedly approached her and tried to strike a conversation.
The police said the victim, Namrata Udeshi, employed with a private bank in Andheri, received a call around 12.30am from friends who wanted to meet her. Udeshi came down from her apartment and was waiting in the building compound when a man who appeared to be in his late thirties tried to talk to her.
“Since I did not know him, I decided to return to my house. He rushed from behind, slashed my right cheek with a razor blade, and fled,” Udeshi said in her statement to the police.
The woman walked to the police station and was taken to a hospital. She was discharged after the wound was sewn up with around five stitches.
The police said the woman is not cooperating with investigations, and suspect she knows the accused. “We are trying to get more information from her,” said Abdul Rauf Shaikh, senior police inspector of Malwani police station.
“We traced the two men who had contacted her. They are college mates and know Udeshi and her family well,” said RG Ghume, police sub-inspector of Malwani police station. The police have also questioned the watchman, who said that since Udeshi would often come to the compound at night to meet some men, he did not suspect foul play.
The police have registered a case under section 326 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon) of the Indian Penal Code.