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Five Suspects Identified After Gang Rape Of Mumbai Journalist

TIMES OF INDIA, BBC

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MUMBAI — Police in India have arrested one man and are searching for four others after an Indian photojournalist was gang-raped in Mumbai Thursday. According to the Times of India, the man arrested has confessed to his involvement in the crime and has provided information to identify the four others.

The 23-year-old victim, interning as a photojournalist with a Mumbai-based English magazine, was on assignement with a male friend in an abandoned textile mill in the Lower Parel area when she was attacked, according to the BBC. The Times of India reported that five men started harassing the woman, and two of them assaulted her friend when he started protesting. The other three then apparently gang-raped the woman after tying up the man.

The woman has been admitted to Mumbai's Jaslok hospital. She has spoken to the police and identified two of the accused men as Rupesh and Sajid, the names they used to address one another during the crime.

The crime calls to mind the December 2012 gang rape in Dehli that sparked anger and protests across the country. In that case, the attackers had also tied up the 23-year-old woman's friend before raping her. The victim later died from her injuries. The rape was followed by several similar cases during the year and led the Indian government to pass tougher laws for crimes against women.

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The Mumbai police have released sketches of the five men they are seeking - Photo: Indian authorities

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