In yet another instance of leopards attacking people living near forest areas, 25-year-old Savita Varte was seriously injured after the big cat leapt at her at around 8.15pm in Khambyachapada village in Unit 25 of Aarey milk colony.
The Aarey police brought Varte to the casualty ward of civic-run Bhagwati Hospital in a severely injured state. “She sustained wounds on her left shoulder, behind her ear and head as well. She also has minor bruises on both hands,” a medical officer on duty said, adding that her wounds have been sutured.
The woman was also examined by an ear-nose-throat (ENT) surgeon to check for possible hearing defects. Doctors said her condition is stable and that she is conscious.
Varte is an adivasi resident of the colony, living on the slopes of a small hill. She had gone to collect water from a communal tap near the police station when she was attacked.
Residents of the forested areas at the periphery of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and inside Aarey colony have been living under the threat of leopard attacks after they saw a resurgence beginning early last year. The toll of humans killed by leopards last year was six, a seven-year high.