MUMBAI: Mumbai police Sunday arrested the fifth and final member of a gang suspected of raping a photographer, a crime that reignited anger about women's safety in India following a similar attack last year.

A Mumbai police team arrested the suspect in the capital New Delhi over the brutal attack on the woman as she was taking photographs in India's financial hub with a male colleague, a police official said.

“Our crime branch team arrested the fifth suspect from New Delhi earlier Sunday and he is being brought back to Mumbai,” the official, who did not want to be named, told AFP. The officer declined to give details of the arrest.

The men allegedly trapped and raped the woman, said to be in her early 20s, on Thursday evening in an upmarket district of central Mumbai, where she was on assignment for a magazine, police have said.

The attack rekindled memories of the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi in December. That crime sparked nationwide protests and brought to the surface seething anger about violence against women in India.

A fourth suspect in the latest case, identified by the Press Trust of India as Kasim Bangali, was arrested earlier Sunday in Mumbai, police said.

Mumbai police made the first arrest on Friday and arrested another two on Saturday, said city police spokesman Satyanarayan Choudhary.

Two of the suspects, their faces covered by black cloth, were remanded in custody until August 30 after appearing in a Mumbai court on Sunday.

On Saturday one of the suspects was also remanded in custody. His grandmother told media he was only 16 and should be tried as a juvenile. Police initially said he was in his 20s.

The woman, reportedly an intern, is undergoing treatment at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital, where staff said she was stable but with multiple injuries.

The attack, which dismayed a city seen as far safer for women than the capital, sparked protests in Mumbai and uproar in the national parliament.

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Yasmin Elahi
August 24, 2013 5:01 pm

My heart goes out to the rape victim, but I am sorry to say that the Indian film industry is playing a negative role in promoting sex crimes and violence! Half dressed women and Macho men only cause emotional upheavals in the youth who are not mature enough to handle such feelings! Thus we see these painful incidents repeated at frequent intervals!

Muhammad Rehan Ghazi
August 24, 2013 5:04 pm

India really needs to improve its treatment of women and give severe punishments to all the rapists in this case. Incidents like these prove to all and sundry that death penalty is a must, even in this day and age. I am a big supporter of death penalty but yes, the judicial process needs to be fair and transparent and don't let any innocent person to reach the gallows. I wish and pray that the all rapists of the Dehli gang rape case, last year, get death penalty.

sanchari bhattacharya
August 24, 2013 8:13 pm

You failed to report the fact that all the accused are muslims and the juvenile in the Delhi rape case was also muslim. Although I firmly believe that criminals have no religion, but since you sometimes seem to define things on the line of religion, how can you miss this?

August 24, 2013 9:57 pm

Can't help though being from the other side of the border that I stand with every victim of crime or violence since my belief leaves me no choice but to take one side. Gang rape happens in every country and it should be given the legal equivalence of a gruesome act of terrorism. I am not slamming any country for this crime, so please take my words as a general comment.

I wish I could console the victim and help her in any way. But she is in my prayers and my profound hatred for the perpetrators whom I would wish the worst punishment possible. It heartens my heart to see people protesting for the victim. I would have joined them if I was physically there.

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune
August 24, 2013 11:30 pm

Rape is not new crime in India, but in last some years it becomes so masala news for everyone. Rape is all over the World. But Indian media bouncing the news in Air randomly.

Ramesh Manghirmalani
August 25, 2013 12:55 am

how come you do not say all three arrested are Muslims

August 25, 2013 3:19 am

RANCHI: Times of India-A woman police constable was gangraped by five dacoits in Latehar district of Jharkhand.

The gang rape took place in Udaipura which is 12 km from the Latehar police station on Wednesday night. A case was registered on Thursday.

The 30-year-old survivor with her family members was taking the dead body of a relative for cremation from Ranchi to Garhwa. They were accosted by a gang of dacoits on the Latehar Garhwa National Highway 75.

Police sources said that the woman tried to resist the dacoits when they asked her to get out of the vehicle. "They took the woman aside and took turns to rape her," sub-divisonal police officer (Latehar) Alok Kumar said.

The family members could not do anything as the dacoits were armed. Two of the survivor's sisters were also present in the vehicle.

The dacoits robbed them as well. "Altogether 11 vehicles were looted by the dacoits at gunpoint that night," he added.

DGP Rajiv Kumar on Saturday asked the district police to immediately trace and nab the culprits. "It is a shameful incident. No one involved in the incident would be spared," the DGP said.

A committee has been formed to investigate the case. "We have detained five youths in this connection. They all have criminal history," said Latehar SP Michael S Raj.

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