Remember Aruna Shaunbaug, the world’s oldest comatose patient, who died two weeks ago in Mumbai’s KEM Hospital? Now a local newspaper in Uttar Pradesh reportedly traced Sohanlal Bharta Valmiki, the attacker of Aruna, who raped her brutally in 1973. Since then she was in coma and died recently in a vegetative state. The 67-year old’s tragic death shook the entire nation while making headlines all over.
Valmiki was traced to a village in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district where he is reportedly working as a laborer. Surprisingly, he told media that he was not able to recall the incident, which the nation is debating over.
"Why are you people calling it as rape," Valmiki asked the journalist from Marathi newspaper Sakaal Times who met him at Parpa village in Ghaziabad district.
Aruna was in her 20s when she was brutally harassed by Valmiki- a ward boy by that time- at Mumbai's KEM hospital where she used to work as a junior nurse. Valmiki raped her for scolding him and told him not to steal the food that was meant for stray animals. He waited in the basement of the hospital that night till she arrives. Then he sodomised her and strangled her with a dog chain, cutting supply of oxygen to her brain. It was only 11 hours later, hospital staff found her in the basement. She was blind and suffering from a severe brain stem injury.