Mumbai: A 25-yr-old Air hostess gangraped, airline security officer arrested

Swapnil Badoniya, 23-years-old accused knew the complainant and worked in the security department of the same airline company. The role of the other two men, however, is still under investigation.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 6 Jun 2019 5:33 AM GMT

Mumbai: A 25-yr-old Air hostess gangraped, airline security officer arrested
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Mumbai: A 25-year-old air hostess was allegedly gangraped in an apartment in Mumbai on Monday. The accused, however was arrested by police for assaulting the girl on Wednesday after the girl registered a complaint with police where she mentioned that the room in which she was assaulted was shared by three men, and a woman was also present in that room.

Swapnil Badoniya, 23-years-old accused knew the complainant and worked in the security department of the same airline company. The role of the other two men, however, is still under investigation.

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Senior police inspector Nitin Alaknure confirmed the incident. “So far we have learnt that Badoniya was the only person who forced himself on her. However, we are investigating the role of the other roommates in the crime,” he said.

As per Police reports, the incident took place on Monday, when the complainant landed in Mumbai from Hyderabad. She arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at around 7 pm where she met Badoniya, who works as a security officer in the same airline.

According to Police they then shared the same car from the airport and she dropped him near a mall in Malad and went ahead. “She went home, dropped off her luggage and then came back to the mall, where the accused was waiting for her,” said a police officer adding that the two then went to a bar. “They consumed alcohol until the bar closed. They drank so much that the complainant only remembers throwing up inside the bar,” said a police officer.

As per Badoniya's statement, the girl was too drunk so he decided not to send her home and instead he tried to check-in into a hotel with her. But looking at their condition, the two were not allowed to check-in, said police. The accused then suggested that she should come with him to his apartment, which he shared with two other men.

“He then took her to his apartment near in Andheri (East), where two of his roommates and a woman friend were also present. Taking advantage of her situation, they assaulted her and raped her one after the other,” said the girl in her statement to police.

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The girl when woke up in the morning at around 10 am, noticed several injuries on her body. According to Police when she asked Badoniya about this, he claimed that he was too drunk to remember anything and when she approached the other woman about it, she refused to answer.

“Her father tried reaching her the whole night, but she did not answer calls. A friend found her in a McDonald’s in near Jogeshwari, where she was with Badoniya,” said an officer.

The friend took her home and when her father asked about the injuries, she told him that she was raped by Badoniya. The father then rushed her to hospital, where she complained of body pain and told the whole incident.

Hospital authorities then informed police station, where a case was registered under relevant sections of gangrape, assault and common intention.

Police then tracked down Badoniya from his house and arrested him at around 7 am on Wednesday. He was then produced in the court, which sent him to police custody until June 10.

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(PTI)

Saima Siddiqui

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