It took several hours for women police constables to bring the 25-year-old victim of gang rape out of the initial shock. Only after this the girl could give a statement to police.
The eight hours of trauma she went through had left the woman numb. The victim, who had returned to India from the United States only two weeks ago, was driven around Pune city and gang raped by occupants of a taxi she hailed from Wakad. The incident took place on Thursday.
Shocked, she went to the police station, but so shocked was she that she could not even utter a word.
She managed to recall the ghastly incident only after she was counselled for hours by women constables. She gave the police vital clues that led to the arrest of the accused.
The victim was admitted to Yashwantrao Chavan hospital for a medical examination.
“The hospital authorities allowed her to go to her relatives the next day after we had recorded her statement,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Mahesh Patil. “I can say that she is conscious but is suffering from mental trauma.”
The victim is now recovering at the home of one of her relatives in Pune.
The police refused to reveal her address. The police said the victim’s parents and other relatives have shifted to Pune to take care of her. No one from her family was available for comment.
The victim comes from a family of social workers from Nagpur. She moved to the US with her husband after she got married. Her husband works for a well-known software consultancy firm and is yet to move to the firm’s Pune office.
She had returned alone from the US to Nagpur a month ago. For the past 15 days, she has been living with her aunt in Wakad and has been looking for a job.
On Thursday, she was to appear for an interview at a software company located at Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjewadi.