In an incident reported from New Railway Colony, Tadichetlapalem, a drunk man raped a woman in full public view in broad daylight on a busy street.
But instead of rescuing or helping her, passers-by and onlookers filmed the entire incident, said police.
The accused, a 23-year-old truck cleaner Ganji Siva has been arrested and was produced before the court on Monday from where he was sent to two weeks of judicial remand.
Visakhapatnam IV town police sub-inspector K Suresh told HT that the woman (43) had left her house two days ago after a family dispute.
“Apparently, she was very weak as she had not eaten for several hours and was sleeping on the footpath under the shadow of a tree, when Siva, in an inebriated condition assaulted her sexually,” Suresh said.
“Passers-by did not bother to stop him even as the woman was too weak to even scream. Instead, some of them were more interested in capturing the incident on their mobile phones. After some time, an auto driver, RG Srinu, shot a short video of it and brought it to our notice,” he added.
The video footage shows passers-by overlooking the entire incident and walk away while the man is raping the woman. “Even the auto driver did not stop the rape. It clearly shows how the people have become insensitive to attacks on women,” Suresh said.
Police traced Siva and took him into custody and sent the woman to King George Hospital for medical examination.
“We have booked a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code,” Suresh said, adding that the details of the woman were yet to be ascertained.