On Friday, the 27-year-old patient, who is suffering from tuberculosis, visited Dr Rustom Sonawala at his clinic on 14th Road in Khar. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, the patient’s husband said, “I took my wife to Dr Sonawala’s clinic on Friday, and after meeting him he asked me to wait outside. My wife came out after more than 40 minutes, and when we reached Khar Railway Station she told me that Dr Sonawala had raped her.”
“She told me that the doctor gagged her, and then forced himself on her. I didn’t know what to do, I approached the police,” he said. He added that he and his wife were made to sit at Khar police station for the entire night, and the victim was taken for medical check up at Nair Hospital on Saturday morning.
Three police constables were sent to Dr Sonawala’s residence at Five Gardens, Wadala, on Saturday morning to summon him to the police station so that his statement could be recorded. Sonawala convinced the constables to let him come to the police station in his car, with two of them accompanying him. Sonawala fled while they were mid way to Khar police station from Wadala, but the Khar police were not divulging details on what transpired in the car.
The husband has accused the constables of allowing the doctor to flee. “How can a person flee when there are cops with him in the car?” he poignantly asks. “We had not put the doctor under arrest and he was only called for recording his statement. I have asked the senior police inspector to give a report regarding the incident,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (west region) Vishwas Nangre Patil.