MUMBAI: All that he needed was an opportunity. 28-year-old Sohanlal Bhartha Valmiki grabbed that horrendous chance on November 27, 1973 to rape and assault a nurse with the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, Aruna Shanbaug who succumbed to her illness on Monday after being in coma for 42 years. (Also Read: Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug dies who was in coma for 42 years after brutal rape)
Valmiki caught hold of Shanbaug while she was walking through an isolated area of the government hospital in the Parel area of Mumbai. He then strangled the nurse with a dog’s chain in an isolated corner of the hospital in such a way that it cut the oxygen supply to her brain, and then cruelly raped her.
Leaving her in an unconscious state, Valmiki then robber her and fled from the hospital premises.
The then Police Commissioner of Mumbai MS Mugwe ordered a search operation and Valmiki was picked up from Pune.
However, there were no rape charges for Valmiki, while he was charged with attempt to murder and was convicted for a period of seven years.
He had already spent a year in jail by the time the trial had started and had to serve six more years when he was convicted for attempted murder.
It is still not clear on why Valmiki was not charged with rape and there are still questions if the accused can now be charged with murder.
Even though he is charged with murder now, there is not much information on the whereabouts of Valmiki, not even if he is alive or dead.
The lady serving people for long is no more. What needs to be answered is if Aruna Shanbaug will get justice or not.