In a bizarre incident of rape, a 100-year-old woman died soon after she was allegedly raped by a man who barged into her house in a village on the outskirts of Meerut around midnight on Sunday.The shocking incident was reported from Jaani village in Meerut district where the victim lived with her brother.
The man, identified by police as Ankit Punia, said to be around 35 years old, has been arrested for various charges, including rape, murder, and sections of the SC/ST Act have been slapped against him. Mortified villagers have sought the death sentence for the culprit, who was produced in a local court and sent to jail.
Family members of the victim said the woman was so weak that she could barely raise an alarm during the assault. She could only manage to utter feeble cries. “We rushed to where she was and were horrified to find the man forcing himself on her,” said her 40-year-old grandson. The victim, who was already ill owing to old age, was brought to the district hospital in a critical condition. Soon after her medical examination, she was declared dead by doctors.
PC Sharma, a station officer at Jani police station, said, “We immediately reached the spot and called an ambulance to transport the old woman to the district hospital.” An FIR has been filed against Punia under IPC sections IPC 458 (house-breaking after preparation for assault) and 376 (rape). Besides, relevant sections of the SC/ST Act have also been slapped against the accused as the victim was a Dalit. Ankit claimed he was innocent and had not committed any crime.
Doctors at the hospital said the patient came in a “really bad condition”. They said they have sent swabs to a forensic lab in Lucknow to confirm rape.