Hyderabad: The horrifying gang-rape and murder of a city-veterinary doctor, Disha (name changed) has left people shell-shocked with many raising doubts about the efficiency of the security apparatus. Many wonder why women continue to be vulnerable despite several such incidents in the recent past.
In January 2014, the nation was in a state of disbelief when a 23-year-old employee of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Carolina (name changed), was raped and murdered brutally by a 39-year-old man, Chandrabhan Sanap, who presented himself as a concerned person, and offered to drop her at her hostel in south Mumbai.
On finding no cabs while walking out of the station, Sanap managed to convince her to accompany him on his motorcycle. En-route, he stopped the bike saying there was no petrol at Eastern Express Highway near Kanjurmarg. Sanap then dragged Carolina’s to the bushes and attempted to rape her. While she was attempting to defend herself, Sanap continuously hit her head on a stone and then strangled her to death with her dupatta. He further tried burning Carolina’s body in thick bushes and ran away from the spot with her suitcase.
Police had the CCTV footage as the only clue from which they spotted a man with a moustache carrying Carolina’s (name changed) suitcase. A porter at the station then identified Sanap and helped the police catch him.
Although, Sanap was sentenced to death in October 2015 where special judge Vrushali Joshi called the case as the “Rarest of rare” and said – “He must be hanged by his neck till he is dead.”
Four years later, Disha paid a heavy price for trusting people she assumed had come to her rescue. What will be the punishment meted out to her killers, remains to be seen.