Seventy-two hours after a 29-year-old employee of a multinational company was allegedly raped in her room at Aamby Valley, Lonavla, where she was attending a seminar, the police have prepared a sketch of the accused. Police sources said the woman told them she could not see her attacker’s face too clearly because it was dark.
The first information report (FIR), a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times, says the victim has alleged that she was raped at knifepoint. The woman told the police that she registered a complaint two days after the incident because she was in shock. Police sources said the victim had to be counselled before she could gather the courage to file a complaint.
The FIR says the incident took place when the victim and 270 other employees of the company were attending a two-day conference at Aamby Valley, a township at Lonavla.
After the seminar, the woman returned to her room. “I left two lights on and fell asleep. Someone entered the room and covered my mouth. I woke up to see the lights turned off,” she said in her complaint.
The police said they are probing whether an employee of the company or resort was involved. “We are considering both possibilities,” superintendent of police Pratap Dighavkar said.
A statement from Aamby Valley issued on Tuesday said: “Investigations are on. We are cooperating and hope to arrive at a conclusion.” An official of Aamby Valley, requesting anonymity as she is not authorised to speak to the media, told HT that Aamby Valley had begun an internal inquiry.
Aamby Valley, in its statement, had said the victim’s company registered a complaint with the resort’s private security immediately, it would have been investigated the next day.