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Photographer gang-raped in Mumbai: police

Published Aug 23, 2013 10:15am


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An Indian woman uses a subway to cross a street late evening in New Delhi, August 22, 2013. —Photo by AP
An Indian woman uses a subway to cross a street late evening in New Delhi, August 22, 2013. —Photo by AP

MUMBAI: Five men gang-raped a female photographer in India's financial hub Mumbai, police said Friday, stirring memories of a similar incident eight months ago in New Delhi which triggered nationwide protests.

The latest incident took place late Thursday in an isolated part of a central upmarket district of Mumbai where the 23-year-old woman was doing a magazine story on old buildings in the area with a male colleague, a police officer told AFP.

“The men beat up the man, tied him up and raped the woman in a secluded part of the Shakti Mills area,” the officer said, requesting anonymity.

The woman is undergoing treatment at a city hospital and has identified two of the accused by their first names, which she heard them calling each other, police said.

Hospital officials were not immediately available for comment, but preliminary reports suggested the victim sustained multiple internal injuries, the police officer added.

In December, a 23-year-old woman was savagely attacked and gang-raped by five men in a moving bus in New Delhi, and later died from her injuries. Her male companion was also beaten.

“A case has been registered but no arrests have been made. Several suspects were pulled up for interrogation,” the officer said.

The latest incident comes as a shock to many in Mumbai, which is considered one of India's safest cities for women.

A trial is under way in the New Delhi case, which sparked massive protests and led to a new, tougher anti-rape law.

Comments (31) Closed

Anees Aug 23, 2013 11:33am

Blame LeT for this.

iftikhar khan Aug 23, 2013 11:41am

Thanks to Bollywood movies and modern India .

Ed Aug 23, 2013 12:00pm

Terrible. India needs to improve female security.

sadruddin mitha Aug 23, 2013 12:40pm

No writ of law may be India or Paksitan, all same. women are bound to suffer and will continue to suffer as govt is hapless and helpless

Shaz Aug 23, 2013 04:08pm

The effect of nudity and chichora pan dancing in Indian flims. No matter how much they reject, this is one of the main reason.

Greg Aug 23, 2013 04:29pm

India is the most dangerous country in the world for both photographers and for females. The actual numbers of rapes and deaths are much higher but are often under reported due to the Indian states control over Indian media. I for one will never visit that country!

Raja Aug 23, 2013 05:49pm

Shame! Shame! Shame!

Coupe Aug 23, 2013 06:23pm

It is not just the disturbed gender ratio, it seems more like rape is considered as petty crime in india and thugs believe they can get away with it

feminist Aug 23, 2013 06:52pm

Where r the indian trolls who keep commenting on anti pakistan news ????

Ram Narayanan Aug 23, 2013 07:11pm

@Ed: Terrible. ALL countries of the world need to improve female security (not just India).

Manav Bhardwaj Aug 23, 2013 07:15pm

I see that as usual you have posted an India bashing article on your front page. Please do not fail to mention that all 5 accused have now been caught and were Muslim. This crime has more to do with how Muslim men see and treat women than anything else......

malik Aug 23, 2013 07:52pm

We all need to be held accountable for our deeds. We all need to step up for the protection of each other. We all know right from wrong. We need to step up and stop this nonsense,we are not animals and we dont live in the jungle

illawarrior Aug 24, 2013 07:12am

@iftikhar khan: Rape has been happening since the beginning of time, and long before movies were invented

shado Aug 24, 2013 07:54am

@Ed: My friend, same same in Pak, just does not get reported... Growing up I new so many similar cases of friends (males) being molested.. but the setup is such that no one speaks up.. I am sure it is similar in India..

chulbul pandey Aug 24, 2013 08:21am

@Anees: Check the names of the might blame Zinnah atleast

Rakesh Aug 24, 2013 08:57am

@Greg : 1) re: "India is the most dangerous country in the world for both photographers and for females. ..."

Really! Your knowledge of India in particular & the world in general seems to be impeccable. And that to when you never visited India! Keep it up!

Rakesh Aug 24, 2013 09:24am

@Coupe: re: " seems more like rape is considered as petty crime in india...."

And that why whole Indian public has been protesting against it since the last year's December, which has resulted in passing of the anti-rape Bill, which provides for the life term and even death sentence for rape convicts in certain cases.

ANCER Aug 24, 2013 09:40am

This needs a serious introspection by Indian people, who I would credit are showing some signs of life by speaking against these incidents. Rape has been accepted far too long by Indians as an acceptable way to respond in social and political turmoils over it's 65 year history, even sometimes by its police and military as well. There are hundreds and thousand of such cases after partition, Kashmir, Punjab etc. Rape is rape. No mater who the perpetrator is , and from what cast, religion and geography the victim is.

Indian Women Aug 24, 2013 11:47am

Oh god!!! I don't want to hear such cases!! These scare me a lot!! Feeling like helpless sucks to core in India for a women, even when accompanied by a male!!! This government isn't doing anything serious and opposition just pass on comments. What image India has now all over the world!! With all this, how can we be proud of our beloved country anymore!!

p p sharma Aug 24, 2013 03:57pm

@Greg :can you give the sources and instances to dis credit India as the most dangerous country for photographers and females ? Crimes does happen ut the culprits are caught with speed. Two of the rapist s have since been arrested and rest too can not escape for long. For your kind information I would like to say that in the late night suburban trains of Mumbai there are quite sizable numbers of females travelling and reaching destination.

SubhSubhBol Aug 24, 2013 04:36pm

@Shaz: I agree with you. It is Bollywood that has created this mindset that women are second grade citizens and petty objects of lust and pleasure. Not to mention the dirty dance sequences and heaving bosoms and pelvic thrusts.....honestly speaking, that is not the culture in any part of india but might become soon with the infiltration of bollywood......

aditya Aug 24, 2013 04:41pm

Oh we will catch em..they ll go on a fast track court and hung till dead..all very quickly and without the neeed of 5 male witnesses or crazed mobs outside trying to free the culprits

aditya Aug 25, 2013 04:51am

@feminist: a feminist in that a oxymoron??

Krish Chennai Aug 25, 2013 06:57am

Mumbaikars are extremely proud about their city and identity, and have their own way of dealing with such problems. It's almost a cinch that the culprits here will be eliminated by some vigilante force, as the legal system takes years to bring justice, at taxpayers' money.

Raja Aug 25, 2013 07:47am

India is extremely dangerous country for women.

Raza Aug 25, 2013 10:01am

@Manav Bhardwaj: I don't think that we should dive down so deep in Muslim hatred that we slander and lie to hurt others. Even I am saddened by the terrible crime and I side with the innocent woman. I don't care that she is a Muslim, Hindu , Sikh, Christian or belongs to any other religion. Are you so blinded by your hatred that you forget the innocent victim and want to milk all mileage out of this tragedy to vomit bile against Muslims?

Just for the record, were last so many happenings of rape in India perpetrated by Muslims? I know that in your heart you know that what you are saying is not true as these rapists names were displayed in major newspapers.

m.h Aug 25, 2013 01:37pm

Has India never questioned the ever booming Bollywood and the obscenity it shows? Have they ever realised that probably the nudity and the promiscuity they show on their films is what is causing their men to become so frustrated?! Try reducing vulgarity in your films and see a remarkable decrease in the cases of rape.

feminist from EU Aug 25, 2013 04:35pm

Shame on you India, stop making fake claims of your economic prosperity whilst your streets are filled with perverted rapists. I am a European, white female by the way, and was planning to come to India but the recent callous and mindless tragedies have forced me and other friends to abandon our decision which is quiet sad !!!

India is a heaven for tourists as long as they are not Women !!!!! My advise to all women to avoid travelling and if you do travel to India let your local embassies know.

Good Day

dada Aug 25, 2013 07:52pm

The gang is MohMadden, the head of the gang who raped twice is Bangali MohMadden. Salim Ansari, Leader Kasim Bangali. Rootlessness drives atrocities on helpless, esp women.

Khan Aug 25, 2013 10:46pm

This is the worst crime,these kind criminals should be hanged.Life sentence is not fair.The poor tax payer will have to pay for them ,if they get life sentence.There should be no second opinion on this,where ever it happens.

Fahad Aug 25, 2013 11:19pm

@Manav Bhardwaj: Those who brutally gangraped a medical student in the heart of indian capital in a moving bus were also Muslim?? Open up your eyes and stop blaming muslims over your own wrong doings.