Mother of six raped inside moving minibus in Bhopal
Bhopal: A 43-year-old
woman was raped inside a minibus in the state capital at 10:30pm on Wednesday.
There were no passengers in the bus, barring the woman when she was sexually
assaulted. The prime accused bus conductor and his two accomplices — the driver
and another man — have been arrested. However the city police tried to downplay
it by saying the crime was not committed in a moving bus.
The woman was reportedly
returning from her parent’s house in Nariyal Kheda to her home in Govindpura.
She came in an auto from Nariyal Kheda to Nadira Bus stand. From there she
boarded a minibus with registration number CG17-F-0197 for Pul Bodga — the last
stop. She was supposed to go Govindpura by another mode of transport.
When the bus neared Pul
Bogda, she tried to get down but was stopped by the driver, conductor and the
third accused. They asked her to wait till they turned the bus at the crossing.
Instead of slamming on
brakes, the driver sped the minibus towards Maida Mill. Bus conductor Deepak
Sharma, 32, a native of Raisen and a resident of Jehangirabad, was sitting in
the rear while the woman was on a front seat. As soon the as the bus reached
Maida Mill, Sharma overpowered the woman and raped her.
Later, the rape
survivor lodged a case at MP Nagar police station. The woman, a mother of six,
managed to remember the registration number of the bus and this helped police
to trace the accused.
She told police that
another man muzzled her while the conductor was in the act. The two were
waiting for their turn when she wriggled out of their clutches as bus gate was
open. Police, however, said only the conductor raped her while two others were
The other accused was
the driver, Salman, 24, resident of Aishbagh and a third, Raju, 35, who was a
driver for the second shift.
Police said they are
verifying criminal records of the accused and whether the owner had done a
verification. The survivor was taken for medical examination. Besides the
conductor, two others were made accused as they acted as accomplices. The
accused went to Barkheda area refuelled and cleaned the bus.
Madhya Pradesh has the
shame tag of India's rape capital with 13 women being raped on an average every
day, according to 2014 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. The state
recorded 5,076 rape cases last year.