Security Guard Gets Life for Attempted Rape and Murder of Mumbai Lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha

July 07, 2014, Mumbai

Sajjad Mughal, the security guard of the residential building in Mumbai where Pallavi Purukayastha lived, was given life sentence for her attempted rape and murder 2 years ago.  25-year-old lawyer Pallavi Purkhayastha’s brutal murder at her Wadala apartment on August 9, 2012, had left Mumbai shocked.  She was a legal adviser to one of Bollywood’s top actors. She had been stabbed 16 times and her throat had been slit. Unable to call for help, she had attempted to crawl to her neighbors.  The guard had preplanned her attack and turned off her electricity, and used that as a pretext to enter her apartment and steal her keys, which he later used while her live-in partner was out, to re-enter her apartment to attack her.  Her partner who she was to marry in a few weeks, discovered the crime, and unable to bear the trauma, he died a year later.



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