‘Gangrape victim’ attempts suicide in Ahmedabad court
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A gangrape victim allegedly attempted suicide before a Metropolitan magistrate here on Wednesday. She consumed pesticide in the courtroom after the hearing in her case was adjourned for three months.
As she consumed the pesticide, leading to a huge commotion in the courtroom, magistrate S V Parekh left the room. The woman in her early thirties was rushed to V S Hospital where her condition is said to be stable.
The woman was allegedly gangraped in 2007 by four employees of M J garment store located at CTM circle in Ahmedabad. There are seven accused including two women who are said to be part of the conspiracy. She alleged that the main accused Mahesh Vaishnav, the owner of the store, along with three other employees of the store spiked her drink and raped her on April 6, 2007.
Initially the victim narrated the incident to her mother but avoided approaching police out of fear. However, her condition started deteriorating. She was admitted to V S hospital twice and was discharged as doctors couldn't find anything serious. She was again admitted to the same hospital after doctors suggested for psychiatric tests.
In July 2007, the victim attempted suicide and was taken to LG Hospital. Seeing the condition her mother approached Amraiwadi police station and also wrote a complaint to the police commissioner. "After police refused to lodge our complaint we hired a private lawyer and filed a case in the court (October 2007). Since then we have been regularly visiting court but nothing has happened. The culprits are still at large," said her father, a daily-wage worker.
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