MUMBAI: A 24-year-old woman was stabbed to death in broad daylight by an unidentified attacker at Suman Nag ar, Kurla, on Tuesday.
The police have detained a man she knew. The incident sparked protests in the area and police had to divert traffic until the situation was brought under control. A police presence was retained in the area to keep the peace.
The police said the victim, Karishma Mane, was a resident of Sainath chawl near Priyadarshini circle, Sion, and worked as a salesgirl at a clothes store at Bhomi Plaza in Dadar.
She was on her way to work when she was attacked.
“The woman crossed the road and took a shortcut to Kurla station through a secluded lane, where she was attacked. Soon, a crowd gathered in the area,” said an officer.
Her father Prakash Mane told the police in his statement, “Usually, my daughter leaves for work at 9.45am and returns by 8pm. On Tuesday, she left at 9.50am. I was asleep at the time, and she woke me up to say goodbye. But later, my wife heard neighbours shouting ‘Mane’s daughter has been attacked’ and I rushed out.”
On reaching the spot, Prakash saw a traffic constable taking his daughter to hospital in a rickshaw.
Together, they took her to Surana Sethia Hospital in Chembur, where doctors initially said she would survive as she had been stabbed just once.
Senior police i nspector Pramod Khoparde from Nehru Nagar police station said, “The attacker stabbed her just once in her back, but doctors found that the wound was three inches deep, and may have extended to her heart. She was declared dead at 11.55am.”
The police later detained Amol Ghadge, whom Karishma knew.
They have registered a case of murder and dispatched teams to identify and arrest the attacker.