Noida: A delivery boy employed with an online company has been accused of attempting to rape a woman in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place on Monday and the accused has been absconding since. The accused introduced himself as Bhupendra Pal.
The 45-year-old survivor said that the accused hypnotised her and attempted to rape her. She said that the accused had come to pick up items that she wanted to return.
The woman said that the accused had come to her house at around 11.20 am on Monday. According to the survivor’s sister, the accused refused to take back five boxes of the returned items. The accused said that he was only asked to take back four boxes.
This led to an argument between the accused and the survivor, following which, the woman called customer care. According to a report, the customer care representative said that another delivery boy would be sent on October 9 to collect all the boxes.
The accused then went downstairs but came back again, saying that he will take all the five boxes. The woman, however, refused to give him the boxes as customer care had assured her of sending another delivery boy. The woman then lost consciousness and the accused allegedly attempted to rape her.
When the woman regained consciousness, she saw that the accused had lowered his pants and was standing in front of her. The woman raised an alarm and ran to the washroom. She came back with a wiper and thrashed the accused. Following which, he escaped.
The woman’s sister came to the flat at around 2 pm. After learning about the incident, she called the accused on the phone number he had written in the entry register of the society. The accused said that he had come from the Sector 58 pick-up office of the company and disconnected the call.
The survivor and her sister then approached the police and informed them about the incident. When the police checked the entry register of the society, they found out that the details given by the accused were correct.
The police registered a case under Section 376 (rape) and Section 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A spokesperson of the online selling portal said, “Safety is of utmost importance to us and these allegations are troubling. We are taking immediate action with our delivery service provider and police as they investigate. “