The Government Railway Police have registered a case after a social worker approached them, saying a mentally disturbed woman was raped by five men in a subway leading to the Churchgate station.
The woman, a resident of Malad, is currently admitted to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra, where she is undergoing tests. The police said whether she was gang-raped is yet to be established as they are waiting for her medical reports.
Police sources said there have been many inconsistencies in the woman's version of the alleged crime. For instance, she first mentioned her age as 15, while her family said she was 22. Also, there is no clarity as to the exact spot where she was alleged attacked, they said.
On April 29, a friend of the social worker first saw the woman on a train and asked her why she seemed so scared. When the woman narrated the alleged incident to her, good Samaritan took her to Bhabha and subsequently informed the Churchgate railway police.
The woman has told the GRP cops that she sitting on the Eros end of the underpass around 2 am when five men approached her. They allegedly forced her to drink beer and took her to a secluded place before raping her.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Devraj (Government Railway Police, Western Railway) said the woman later told the police that she was taken to a jungle and raped under a tree.
"We have registered case under section 376 (g) (gang-rape). Her family claims that she is mentally unstable and had left their home on April 25 after a fight. Earlier too, she had left her house and returned only a month later. She has been changing her statements."
Devraj added that while there are CCTV cameras in the subway, the area where she was allegedly forced to drink alcohol is not under surveillance. Another officer from Churchgate railway police said that though the exit gates of the subways are closed after 10pm, a person can easily enter the subway from Churchgate.
"We are now in the process of identifying the men and are questioning late night tea vendors and pavement dwellers to ascertain if they had seen anything," said the police officer.