A week after a rape case was filed by an employee of a multinational company, the police are still to make any progress.
The 29-year-old victim, in her compliant filed on December 12, stated that she was raped by an unidentified person at Aamby Valley, a private township at Lonavla. She was attending a two-days conference organised by her company.
The Hindustan Times has decided not to give the company name to avoid revealing the victim’s identity.
The police have made a sketch of the possible suspect and also formed three teams to investigate the crime. However, till Sunday, investigators were yet to make any breakthrough besides.
“We had questioned the Aamby Valley staff as well as those who had come with victim for the conference. We don’t want to speculate at this level,” said NS Nyahalde, inspector, Paud police station.
When contacted, Pratap Dighavkar, superintendent of police, refused to comment saying he was “busy in bandobast duty”.
The victim’s statement attached with the first information report (FIR) – a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times – suggests that the accused spoke in Hindi. The FIR also said that he allegedly held the victim at knifepoint and raped her.
The Aamby valley, however, has already denied any role in the incident. In its statement issued to HT last week, Aamby Valley claimed that "prima facie it appears to be internal matter” of the victim’s company.
On December 10, after attending the seminar with some 270 other employees, the victim had returned to her room. “As I was asleep with two lights on, someone entered my room and gagged me. I awoke to see that the lights were off and the room was dark,” the victim said in her complaint.
According to Nyahalde, the victim’s medical report has confirmed rape.