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Lured to ill-lit lane, teen cries rape

- Accused posed as doctor known to her family

A first-year college student was allegedly raped in a bylane off Vivekananda Road in north Calcutta on Monday night.

Police, quoting from the teenager’s complaint, said a stranger raped her on a secluded and ill-lit stretch of the bylane after introducing himself as a gynaecologist and winning the girl’s trust by enquiring about her mother’s recurring backache. The girl told the police that she had never met the man before.

Police joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said: “The victim is 17 years and 11 months old. She has mentioned in her complaint that a man aged around 40-42 called her from behind while she was walking past the Bidhan Sarani-Vivekananda Road crossing. He introduced himself as a gynaecologist named Tapas, attached to a medical college in Calcutta. Though she didn’t find his face familiar, the accused apparently won her confidence by asking about her mother’s back pain… as if he knew her family.”

“According to the complaint, the accused then asked her why she was looking pale. The girl confided in him that she was not well. The man offered to prescribe her some medicines and took her to a secluded stretch to talk. The girl said she was raped there more than once,” Ghosh added.

The police said the accused walked away after committing the crime in Reverend Kali Banerjee Row, about 4km from the house where the girl stays as a paying guest.

The girl is from a locality in Howrah district, about 55km from Calcutta.

Officers said she returned to the PG accommodation after the incident and went to Amherst Street police station around 3.15am with a friend.

The girl mentioned in the complaint that she used to have her dinner at a relative’s home near Vivekananda Road since she stayed alone, police sources said. She was on the way to her homestay after dinner on Monday when the man outraged her modesty, they added.

“We have started a case of rape against an unknown person. We are trying to identify him with the help of sketches based on the description provided by the victim. We are trying to find out if he was indeed a doctor,” Ghosh said.

Police sources said video footage from surveillance cameras at the nearby crossings would be analysed.

The girl has undergone the mandatory medical examination but the test result has not been divulged.

The police were also looking for witnesses since the girl must have screamed for help during the assault, which according to the complaint, happened more than once.