Dozens of people witnessed a defenseless woman being raped on a busy street in West India, yet no one intervened to stop the crime.
Instead, passersby who saw Sunday’s horrific scene either avoided the situation or pulled out their phones to film the brutal rape, committed by an intoxicated man in broad daylight in the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Local authorities revealed on Monday that the incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. in New Railway Colony between Tadichetlapalem and the railway station.
Visakhapatnam IV town police arrested the suspect, identified as Ganji Siva, the same evening. The 23-year-old truck cleaner, who appeared before the court on Monday, was adjudged to be remanded for two weeks.
In an interview with the Hindustan Times, police sub-inspector K Suresh said the victim, a 43-year-old woman, was recently homeless after leaving her house two days prior due to a family dispute.
b>“Apparently, she was very weak as she had not eaten for several hours and was sleeping on the footpath under the shadow of a tree, when Siva, in an inebriated condition, assaulted her sexually,” Suresh was quoted as saying.
The officer pointed out that the crowd who merely watched the crime unfold could have at least tried to do something, considering the victim was said to be too weak to even scream for help.
“Instead, some of them were more interested in capturing the incident on their mobile phones. After some time, an auto driver, RG Srinu, shot a short video of it and brought it to our notice,” he added.
In the footage obtained by the authorities, people can be seen walking past the area while the drunk man sexually assaulted his victim. “It clearly shows how the people have become insensitive to attacks on women,” Suresh said, noting that the driver who submitted the video could have stopped the rape instead. Suresh stated that the officers rushed to the scene upon learning about the crime, but Siva had already fled on his bike. While they were able to apprehend him on that night, they were too late to save the woman from being raped.
The woman was sent to a hospital to be examined and receive treatment for any sustained injury. Police say the case, booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, is still under investigation.
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