Man gets lifer for Spanish woman rape

Mumbai, Dec 27 : A Mumbai court on Friday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for raping a Spanish woman in Mumbai in November 2012.

Mohammed Anwar Ansari alias Badsha was arrested in November 2012 for allegedly raping and robbing a 27-year-old Spanish woman at knife point in Bandra area of suburban Mumbai.

The court sentenced him for life for rape and sodomy, three years for criminal intimidation and one year for theft.

The victim, who resides in an upscale housing society in Bandra area of suburban Mumbai, was allegedly raped and robbed at knife point in the wee hours of Nov 5, 2012.

According to police, the incident occurred early in the morning between 3-30 and 4-30 am when a burglar entered her apartment on the Perry Cross Road through the window and caught the woman unawares.

The woman was in her sleep when the robber entered the apartment. Her room mate was away in Kerala.

The accused robbed her of valuables like foreign currencies, cameras and handycams and also raped her, the complaint said.

The victim is a musician by profession.

The victim herself came to Bandra police station and lodged the complaint following which she was taken to a hospital for medical examination.

Media reports said the terrified woman had been hiding in a toilet for over an hour after she was raped fearing for her life.

--IBNS (Posted on 27-12-2013)

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