Aruna would have turned 68-year-old today, had she been alive. June 1 is her birthday. [Aruna Shanbaug's assailant in UP, can't recall crime]
After her death, news reports related to her tormentor Sohanlal Bhartha Valmiki made headlines. Valmiki is peacefully living in Parpa, a village in Hapur, at his in-laws place, in Uttar Pradesh, 75 kms from Delhi, along with his wife Bimla, two sons- 26-year-old Krishna and 22-year-old Ravinder, two daughters and two grandchildren. [After suffering for 42 years, Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug passes away]
Valmiki's whereabouts unknown since Saturday
According to news reports, Valmiki went missing, when a group of people came posing as TV crew for his interview.
They allegedly took him to Noida, Sec-16, Film City Centre, along with his son, but both have not yet returned to their home, media reports said. [Mumbai remembers Aruna Shanbaug on her 68th birthday]
Village Panchayat to decide Valmiki's future
According to reports, Panchayat in Parpa village will decide whether Valmiki will be allowed to stay in village or not, this week, after his bitter past got exposed.
Sohanlal remained in jail for 7 years
After committing the brutal crime, the perpetrator Valmiki was sentenced to seven-year jail term, after being convicted for assault and robbery. However, he was not charged for rape, sexual molestation or unnatural sexual offence. He was released in 1980.
Living a life of penance, Sohanlal, who is in 70s, works as a daily wage labourer in Dadri, Ghaziabad, where he earns Rs 261 a day and he rides bicycle till 30 kms. [MP to institute Aruna Shanbaug award]
Valmiki, who has a weak vision, leaves home at 6 am and returns by 8 pm and earns Rs 4,000 a month.
He has reportedly given up non-vegetarian food, bad habits like smoking bidis and drinking.
Sohanlal, now, lives a regretful life
Regretting over his past mistake, he said that he did not touch his wife for years, when he was released from jail. After 14 years, his son was born. One of his daughters died when he was in jail. [Aruna Shanbaug's 42-year ordeal comes to an end: All you need to know]
Hailing from Dadupur village in Bulandshahr, Sohanlal was quoted saying as, "I wish I had died. My sons would have taken care of her my wife. I am tired of the memories, I want to die now."
Sohanlal says "he committed crime in a fit of rage"
According to reports, Sohanlal told reporters that he was scared of dogs but 25-year-old Aruna used to tell him to feed dogs and to seep their cages. He used to earn Rs 150 per month, when he was working as a sweeper at KEM hospital. [Twitteratti pays tribute to the world's oldest comatose patient Aruna Shanbaug]
When he asked her to grant him few days leave, then, also she refused that made him feel bad.
Then, on Nov 27, 1973, a fit of rage, he assaulted her, but claims that he did not rape her and he did not strangulated her with dog chain.
However, he says that he slapped her hard, after which she fell down and fainted.