A Pune court on Tuesday awarded death sentences to two men convicted in the rape and murder of 22-year-old BPO employee Jyotikumari Choudhary in 2007. The incident, which was eerily similar to the 2005 rape and murder of BPO employee Pratibha Murthy in Bangalore, had sent shock waves in the city.
The court observed that women working in BPO units and call centres felt insecure because of the incident and life imprisonment would not be an adequate punishment.
On the night of November 1, 2007, Choudhary, an employee with Wipro, was picked up from her residence by her office cab driven by Borade. His friend Kokade was sitting beside him. She was supposed to be taken to her office on the outskirts.
On the pretext of picking up another colleague, Borade diverted the car to a bypass on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
Choudhary was chatting with her friend on her cell phone at the time. When she became suspicious, she stopped talking on the phone and asked Borade why he had taken a detour.
The duo was in an inebriated condition and continued driving and stopped the vehicle at a remote place, almost 35km from Pune, where they raped and strangulated her. They then smashed her head with a stone to hide her identity and fled from the spot with her cell phone and ornaments.
Choudhary’s body was found two days after the incident along the expressway and the accused were arrested on November 4.
Incidentally, the cab driver involved in the rape and murder of Murthy was sentenced to ‘life imprisonment till death’ by a Bangalore court in 2010.
Murthy was also in her office cab when the driver took her to a deserted place where he raped her and slit her throat.