Spanish musician raped in Mumbai apartment

Spanish musician raped

A 27-year-old Spanish national living in Mumbai's upmarket suburb of Bandra (West) was allegedly raped by a thief who climbed into her third-floor apartment on Perry Cross Road through an open window in the early hours of Monday.

The victim has been in Mumbai for the past six months to study Indian classical music and shared the apartment with a woman photographer. The victim's parents live in Germany and she worked as a music director there.

Police said the victim is in a state of shock and is at the Spanish consulate. She was taken to the Nagpada police hospital for a medical test at around 10 am, after which police registered a rape and robbery case against an unidentified man.

Police officers said the incident was reported to them around 5 am, when the victim's neighbours heard her cry and called the police. According to the police, the thief climbed into the victim's apartment at around 3.30 am, after stealing cash in an apartment in a neighbouring building.

Preliminary investigations have found that the thief got in through the window of the victim's apartment, which had no grills, and found her sleeping in the bedroom. She was alone as her flat-mate is in Kerala on assignment.

The victim apparently heard the thief enter and woke up, following which the man got a knife from the kitchen and threatened her at knife-point to hand over gold and money.

"When the victim said that she did not have anything, the accused forced himself on her and raped her," said Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police (west region). "Later, she ran out of her apartment and knocked on the door of her neighbour but found the door locked. She ran back into her house and fearing that the rapist was still in the apartment, she locked herself in the bathroom."

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