A widow was stabbed at her top-floor house in Sector 37 here, on Wednesday, after she resisted a burglary bid by an unemployed man. The accused managed to climb up two floors of the building, even as eight people were present in the storeys below.
The victim, Radhika Mittal, a homemaker, was taking a nap and had left the door unlocked when the accused, 28-year-old Sagar Kumar, a native of Zira in Ferozepur, barged in and asked her to hand over the cash and valuables to him. When Radhika resisted, she was molested.
When Radhika persisted in her screaming, Sagar stabbed her repeatedly on the back and feet and fled from the house.
DSP South Surjit Malik said: “The accused Sagar used to visit his uncle’s house in the vicinity of Radhika’s house (number 1033). He knew that the woman was usually alone. He was drunk and gained easy entry as Radhika had not locked the main door.”
Radhika’s husband Pankaj had died a few months back. Her two sons were not at home when the incident took place.
The police have registered a case under Sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 347 (wrongful confinement), 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 354 (sexual harassment) of the IPC.
Seven Snatchings Over 15 Days
The incident has brought to fore the failure of the Chandigarh police to check the incidents of snatching.
Over the past 15 days, seven incidents of snatching have been reported in gold chains have been snatched. This year, 23 cases of robbery and 40 cases of snatching have been registered.