Bengaluru rape case: Cabbie took selfie before assaulting woman

Bengaluru, Sep 23 (IANS): Karnataka Police investigating the alleged rape of a woman traveller by the cab driver of a reputed cab service in Bengaluru, has found a selfie photo with the victim from the mobile phone of the accused, police sources said here on Thursday.

Jeevan Beema Nagar police on Wednesday arrested the cab driver Devaraj alias Devarajulu, a resident of Avalahalli near KR Puram in connection with the case. The accused originally belonged to Andhra Pradesh.

The incident had taken place in the wee hours of Wednesday. The victim when she rushed out of the cab after the incident had grabbed her bag and driver's mobile. She had submitted the cell phone to the police.

The police are surprised to find the selfie photo on the accused mobile. The accused before committing the crime had clicked the selfie with the victim who in the frame is asleep.

The sources further explained that the cab was booked at 3.20 a.m. on Wednesday by the victim from her friend's place in HSR Layout. She reached the destination, her home at 3.40 a.m. However, she was asleep and did not realize she had indeed reached her home.

The cab driver who came to wake her up opened the backdoor and saw she was in deep sleep. At this point, he thought of committing a crime and took the vehicle to a nearby isolated place. There he clicked the selfie with the victim and raped her in the backseat of the cab, sources said.

By the time the victim got back to her senses it was too late and somehow she managed to push the accused off and ran towards her home. She reached her home at about 4.45 a.m. The accused also escaped from the scene. But, he came back again to the spot as he found his phone was missing. The accused realized his mobile phone was missing when he wanted to end the trip, according to sources.

The police said that the girl had called up the police station and informed them about the incident. Immediately, the police sent a team with a woman police officer to the house of the victim. The police collected further details of the incident.

The victim was taken to the police station in their vehicle and after registration of the complaint and medical test, police dropped her back at home.

The police have taken the clothes of the victim and the accused into custody and sent them for examination. The preliminary investigations have suggested sexual assault and the police are waiting for medical report.

The accused had come to Bengaluru two years ago for a livelihood. The police are suspecting his involvement in many such cases and are questioning him. Though he denied having committed the crime initially, later he confessed to have sexually assaulted the woman.

The incident has sent shock waves across Bengaluru and the state as thousands of women use cab services during nights.

Earlier, S. Murugan, Additional Commissioner of Police confirmed the arrest of the culprit. Further investigation is on.








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  • Edmond, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 24 2021

    real kujuma, kodial : First of all try giving your real name. We all know which community you belong to as well. But dont be scared to add your name here. Do you think female wearing burqa never raped in the entire world? This is the reason why i said in one of my comment we are living here because the majority is other community. If we had ur community here as majority, we would have been in the same position as Afghan or Pakistan. No school for female, Burqa, No job for females outside the house. they will be considered as only for house job and kid producing machines, and just for physical relationships. I am sorry for the female in question here, but still girls please dont drink and party overnight and go out at the wrong time. Criminals dont have any religion. Fake People like kujuma will give religion to each crime.

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  • Maria, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Accused should receive maximum punishment. No matter what there is no excuse for this crime. However, this seemed preventable. There is nothing wrong with a women drinking and partying late night. But traveling at that time alone and in a drunken state is such a horrible decision. She should have at least been accompanied by a friend if she was not in her senses.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    These Andhra fellows have extra charbi. Telugu movies are to be blamed, more vulgar than bollywood films. Objectifying women.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Does these taxis in Bangalore have any facility ,of a central communication between driver and central?Here we do have that ,asking the driver where he will be going and at the end he reaches to the point to call.etc.when he is on the way back to be also admit that any differences can be controlled why it is late,etc.That gives the driver also the safety and passanger too.

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  • Wilfred, karnataka

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Karnataka is entirely becoming different than compare to other southern states , It has been like UP now, secondly its also important to have the medical report of accused , because he may be considered as Mentally ill category !

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Sep 24 2021

    Wilfred karnataka,if anyone tells he is a mentally ill ,then the person self is the one.This sickness of rapes are going very fast ,and higher than corona.

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  • vishwadeepak, mangalore/dxb

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Many dushyasanas are on hunt, kumbakarna sleep is deleterious..

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwaitm

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Zamana badal gaya ! Men are well known partying and coming home in wee hours and now ladies have gone a step ahead . In that condition advisable to take rest at friends house but this lady acted too smart and the consequence (self invited)

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Flavian kuwait,as you said ,she was too smart to remain in friends housecant be accepted.First of all nowadays her friend ?a male or a girl?Not all people have the facility or rest clique to stay there.She did not dream things will turn against her.when one is drunk and she was not also in state to decide so far too.Her thinking stage was down.You are right in one way nowadays girls too beat stirn to boys in drinking.which is very bad.Girls dont tolerate as much as boys.(only one who has habit of drinking long time tolerates )whether boy or girls ,drinking will make in long run sick.Each one should know their limit.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    it is really not advisable for a single lady travelling 3.20 am on the top she fell in deep sleep, don't we feel something fishy in this story.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    I thought that there was night curfew in Bangalore...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Girl was atleast in senses to grab the phone of drivers.It showed the action of driver what he has done to prove the definite person .Good she called police immediately ,without hesitating or feeling ashamed ..It is a Prestige to the cabs owner to employ such people without proving their character ,and their history.

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  • Amith, udupi

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    devraj became devilraj just for a few seconds of pleasure ...cant help when the men in power snoop on women and some make CD's and still enjoy power ..these sex starved idiots go to jail and have a permanent mark on their forehead as a rapist ..always remember even for a watchman's job you need police clearance but you can be a MP or PM even with 100 cases on you ..the rule is for the citizens not the uneducated rulers in our democracy

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  • Ronald, Managlore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Driver was at fault but If she was not drunk and was in her senses this this would not have happened.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    to all the girls and women out people are not living in some european or westearn country where you can merry and take cabs in the wee hours..India is a sex starved country and cab and auto drivers are always on the hunt for gullible avoid situations..or wear will protect you.. half of the westerners think 100 times before visitng India for the same reason.. when it comes to women and sex India is still in stone age..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Are you really from India ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Real kujuma, also add 90% of crime is committed by one community, who are very peaceful otherwise!

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  • Ajith c, Barakur

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Wearing burkha is which age. No on women wearing burkha has been rAped ever. Wake up man.

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  • Don, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Why r u staying in such a country, u can anytime migrate to Afghanistan which is a safest country. Enjoy all facilities, than blame the country.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    non of your business...i know truth is always bitter

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Night party till wee hours, getting over drunk and losing sense. How her friends let her go out in that inebriated state ? Parents too are partly responsible for neglecting their part of responsibilities. After all, she is lady. Even men cannot venture such senseless move.

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  • A nand, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Because thousands of girls, travel late night by reputed cab companies. These cab companies should employ female cab drivers, if single Lady book cab. Also cab companies should ensure if female travelling, they should followup with driver till they reach their destination.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Cabbie scored a self goal ...

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