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Five Suspects Identified After Gang Rape Of Mumbai Journalist



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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Giulia Cecchetin, An Italian Murder That Epitomizes 21st-Century Femicide

Cecchettin was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in northern Italy, a murder case that has quickly turned into a political movement. The supposed motive is chilling in what it says about the current state of male-dominated society.

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Turin, Italy: A moment of the march in the streets of Turin after the feminicide of 22 years-old Giulia Cecchettin by his ex boyfriend Filippo Turetta on November 21, 2023.

Annalisa Camilli


ROME — On November 11, Giulia Cecchettin and her ex-boyfriend Filippo Turetta went missing after meeting for dinner. For a week, Italians followed the case in hopes that the story would end with two lovers returning home after going on an adventure — but women knew better.

As the days went by, more details of their relationship started to come to light. Filippo had been a jealous, possessive boyfriend, he had not dealt with Giulia's decision to break up very well, and he constantly hounded her to get back together.

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When Giulia's body was found at the bottom of a lake in the northern region of Veneto, with 20 stab wounds, Italians were not surprised, but they were fed up. Vigils, demonstrations and protests spread throughout the country: Giulia Cecchettin's death, Italy's 105th case of femicide for the year 2023, finally opened a breach of pain and anger into public opinion. But why this case, why now?

It was Elena Cecchettin, Giulia's sister, who played a vital role. At the end of a torchlight procession, the 24-year-old university student took the floor and did something people weren't expecting: she turned private grief into a political movement. Elena distanced herself from the role of the victim and took on the responsibility for a future change.

"Filippo is not a monster; a monster is an exception, someone external to society, someone society should not take responsibility for. But here that responsibility exists," she said confidently, leaving everyone breathless.

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