Mumbai outrage: Eunuch gangraped in moving Maruti, tortured

A 20-year-old eunuch was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted, tortured with burning cigarettes and gangraped by three men in a moving vehicle between Kurla and Ghatkopar in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The police arrested one of the three accused and have launched a manhunt for the other two.

According to the VB Nagar police, the victim stays with two roommates in Kurla. On Wednesday night the victim had gone to a hotel in Kurla to pick up food, when the accused drew up in a Maruti Van.

"The accused threatened to kill one of my associates if I refused to comply with their demands. I told my roommates to go home and got into the vehicle, after which they forced themselves on me in the moving car," she said in her statement to police.

After around three hours, the accused allegedly threw the victim out of the moving vehicle in Ghatkopar, after which the victim made her way to Rajawadi hospital and was admitted. The hospital authorities informed Ghatkopar police and a team of officers reached the hospital to record the victim's statement.

After it became clear that the abduction occurred in the jurisdiction of VB Nagar police, the case was transferred to them.

"The victim said she knew one of the three men, and identified him as Mubarak. We registered a complaint of kidnapping, criminal intimidation and unnatural sex against the three accused," said Police Inspector N Shivle, VB Nagar police station.

The victim was allegedly burnt with cigarette butts and some kind of chemical was poured on her body, and the police are awaiting medical reports to check if these claims are true.

After a day-long operation, the police picked up Mubarak Sheikh (25) from the Amrut Nagar slums in Ghatkopar. After being questioned, he was placed under arrest on Thursday evening. DCP (Zone 5) Dhananjay Kulkarni confirmed the arrest.

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