In a daring daylight robbery on Thursday afternoon at a house in the bustling Mandapam 1 Cross Street in Kilpauk, a robber sliced the ears of a 74-year-old woman and fled with her jewellery after locking the house. The incident came to light over an hour later after neighbours heard the cries of the elderly woman.
The victim Subulakshmi, an astrologer specialising in matching horoscopes for weddings, was alone in her ground floor house when the incident took place.
“A young man came home and wanted me read his horoscope. As he wasn’t carrying it, I asked him to come later. He then asked me for a glass of water and as I walked towards the kitchen, he gagged me and cut my ears with a knife,” narrated Subulakshmi, even as her son, who did not want his mother to narrate the experience, kept interrupting her.
Subulakshmi’s daughter Saraswati told media persons that the culprit cut her mother’s ears and took the earrings along with the lower portion of the ear.
The culprit also snatched Sunulakshmi’s gold chain and fled after bolting the main door of the house, Saraswati said. The jewellery weighed over nine sovereigns.
The septuagenarian, who fell unconscious after the attack, gained consciousness only after nearly an hour. Meanwhile her neighbours had grown suspicious when she was not seen outside her house, as was customary, during the scheduled power-cut. “We went close to the house and peeped through a window and could hear her moan. Immediately we opened the door and found her lying with her ears bleeding,” said neighbour.
They alerted Saraswati, who resides a few blocks away, and all of them rushed Subulakshmi to a private hospital nearby. She was given first-aid and is out of danger.
TP Chatram police said the victim recalled that the suspect had done a recce by visiting the house one week ago along with a woman on the pretext of enquiring about a horoscope.
Fingerprint experts combed the house for clues and have recovered a pair of sunglasses, suspected to be that of the robber, sources added.
Keywords: daylight robbery