- Title: INDIA: Gang rape of photo journalist shocks financial city Mumbai
- Date: 23rd August 2013
- Summary: DETAINED MEN BEING TAKEN TO THE POLICE STATION IN A VEHICLE
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- Location: India
- Country: India
- Topics: Crime,General
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- Story Text: A photo journalist in her early 20s was gang-raped in the Indian city of Mumbai, police said on Friday (August 23), evoking comparisons to a similar assault in New Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests and a revision of the country's rape laws.
The attack on Thursday (August 22) evening caused an outcry on social media, with many users shocked that it took place in Mumbai, widely considered to be India's safest city for women.
The woman was admitted to hospital in south Mumbai, police said.
"Nobody has been arrested so far," a head constable at the police station dealing with the case told Reuters.
Maharashtra state's junior interior minister R.R. Patil told reporters after meeting the victim in the hospital that those responsible would be arrested.
"This incident will be investigated with utmost seriousness. The culprits will be arrested," said Patil.
The attack took place in an abandoned textile mill in Lower Parel, a former industrial district that is now one of the city's fastest-growing neighbourhoods of luxury apartments, malls and bars. The woman was out on assignment with a male colleague.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said the victim and her colleague were attacked while they were taking photographs.
"We have detained around 10-12 people who used to be spotted around the place moving suspiciously. Our crime branch team is involved in the case and I think that till morning we will nab the culprits," Singh said.
Women's safety in India has been in the spotlight this year following the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in New Delhi in December, which led thousands of Indians to take to the streets in protest. The woman died of her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.
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