Family members of the 21-year-old woman who was allegedly abducted and raped by three persons in an auto-rickshaw in Chembur have told the police that the victim has a history of leaving home late at night as she is suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD).
According to the police, they would keep an eye on her at night, but on Sunday late evening, when the victim was allegedly raped, she slipped out without being noticed by anyone. She had been staying with her mother for the past few days.
Senior inspector S Shelke from the RCF police station said, "The victim left her mother's Vashi Naka residence at around 2.30am. When asked why she went out so late, the family members told us that the victim had slipped out of the house in the past as well. She has been receiving treatment for her condition since the last few years."
When the victim's sister woke up in the night and found her missing, she alerted her parents, and they started looking for her. On early Monday morning, the family contacted the RCF police and a missing person complaint was registered.
"While we were on the lookout, an officer from the Chunabhatti police station informed us about a woman matching the victim's description, who had been taken to the Sion hospital," said an officer from the RCF police station.
The police are yet to map out the exact sequence of events as the victim is still traumatised by the incident. In addition, because of her mental condition, the police have had to deal with her patiently and have communicated to her mostly through her parents.
Family fears husband, in-laws may shun her
Family members of the 21-year-old woman allegedly abducted and raped in Chembur are worried about her being ostracised and whether her husband and in-laws will take her back.
The victim's mother told Hindustan Times, "My daughter's life has been destroyed. Even if the police arrest the accused, it does not change the fact that our daughter was raped," while her father said, "We are are not sure how our daughter's husband and in-laws will take it."
The victim, who had been at her parents' Chunabhatti residence since a few days, got married two years ago. "Her husband, who is a tailor by profession, suffers from a physical disability and has to take pills everyday," said an officer from the RCF police station.
The victim's father added, "It has been two days and we have been running from the hospital to the police station. I still don't know how people will react when we go back home."