Man who brutalized Aruna traced in UP village


Lucknow: A regional newspaper on Friday claimed that, Sohanlal Bhartha Balmiki, the man whose brutal assault left Aruna Shaunbagh in a vegetative state for four decades was living as a laborer at a village in Uttar Pradesh.

After the report surfaced Mumbai police on Friday said that they will seek legal opinion to decide on any further action against him.
A journalist with Marathi newspaper Sakaal Times met Walmiki, the ward boy who assaulted Aruna at King Edward Memorial Hospital here on November 27, 1973.

Walmiki, who throttled Aruna with a dog leash rendering her a cripple at the prime of youth, said he cannot recall anything about what had happened on that day.

However, he asked the journalist “why are you people calling it as rape?”

Walmiki was jailed and released in 1980, not to be heard of again. Now after Aruna’s death, he has been traced to Parpa village in Ghaziabad district of UP. He was never convicted for rape or sexual molestation but for assault and robbery.

For 42 years, Aruna lay comatose in the hospital until her death earlier this month, where she was cared by nurses and members of medical fraternity.