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Aruna Shanbaug, in vegetative state for 42 years, dies

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The long ordeal of Aruna Shanbaug, the victim of 1973 Mumbai rape, has finally come to rest.

Shanbaug, who suffered a brutal sexual assault at KEM Hospital 42 years ago, has died on Monday due to chronic pneumonia. She was working as a staff nurse in the Hospital.

On November 27,1973, she was brutally raped by a sweeper named Sohanlal Bharta Valmiki of the hospital. He tried to rape her by wrapping a dog chain on her neck. This insane attack badly damaged her brain, and she remained in a vegetative state ever since the incident.

According to a doctor’s report, the brain was badly damaged as the chain had cut off the supply of oxygen. The cortex and some other part of the brain also faced serious damages.

As if the gruesome act of sexual assault was not enough, Shanbaug had to face her family’s apathy, which resulted in cessation of any kind of contact with her from her family members. The doctors and nurses of the hospital took care of Shanbaug, who stayed in a small room beside the female ward of the hospital.

In 2011, author Pinki Virani, who wrote a book on Shanbaug, filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking mercy killing for Shanbaug. However, the Supreme Court rejected the petition and the staff of the hospital also opposed this issue.

“An innocent girl has to give her life for men’s lust. How can a person be so cruel! And the incident is still happening every day at any corner of the world,” said doctor Manasi Guha.

“She becomes a resident of this hospital for 42 years. We all miss the lady. May her soul rest in peace,” said a doctor of the hospital.

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The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel

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Here are some top recommendations for your next best road trip in this season of Monsoon. Pixabay

The floods in Mumbai have been in the news lately, an annual chaos that seems to have become part and parcel of life in the country’s financial capital. However, the monsoons are not a season to dread and just outside the city, as the curious traveller ventures higher into the Western Ghats, there are some picture-perfect destinations for the season. Here are some top recommendations.

Lonavala
Lonavala would be on top of the monsoon destination list for most Mumbaikars. Wrapped in fog, this historic region gains a completely new avatar in the rains as the forested mountain slopes regenerate and the waterfalls come to life. One of these is Kune Falls, which roars amidst a pristine verdant scenery.

The Lohagad Fort has always been one of the most captivating sites on this route and the monsoon mist gives it an allure straight of a medieval-theme video game or movie. A trek to Liones Point is recommended – the season would require special precautions like monsoon-ready footwear and waterproof clothing. While in Lonavala town, a visit to the lake is not a bad idea.

Khandala
Just next to Lonavala, one can reach the quaint hill town of Khandala, perched at close to 2000 feet above sea level. The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make this place an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro, not to mention the splendorous drive on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Some of the popular viewpoints here are the Tiger’s Leap and the Amrutanjan Point. Other attractions here include the Buddhist cave temples at Karla and the calm and placid Bhushi Lake.

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The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make Khandala an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro.

Mahabaleshwar
A jewel tucked in the lap of the mighty Sahyadari Mountains; Mahabaleshwar offers visitors a curious mix of colonial heritage and striking Indian history. Built by Shivaji, Pratapgad Fort has an enigmatic presence in the landscape here, a site of many important events.

Those looking to enjoy some of the high elevations will love a trek to the summit of Wilson Point, famous for its panoramic views of the valley below. The Needle Hole Point is another famous place to catch a glimpse of the scenic landscapes. Venna Lake is another centrepiece attraction at Mahabaleshwar while the hilltop Krishnabai Temple is famous for its architecture and Krishna statue.

More and more travellers are choosing a car rental over public transport. Rates are increasingly affordable and self drive gives total control over the pace of the journey. One can make impromptu stops and detours and there is complete privacy.

Finding a car rental in Mumbai is as simple as a few taps on an app. With platforms like Zoomcar, registered users can book a vehicle in a matter of minutes. One can choose from a wide range of cars – maybe a hatchback or sedan for the family getaway – or maybe a large SUV for the boisterous group road trip. 24/7 on-road support is one of the assurances that self drive rentals offer.

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel.