FIVE men have gang-raped a woman photographer in India’s financial hub of Mumbai, stirring memories of a similar incident eight months ago in New Delhi which triggered nationwide protests.
Police say the latest incident took place late on Thursday in an isolated part of a central up-market district of Mumbai, where the 23-year-old woman was doing a magazine story on old buildings in the area with a male colleague.
“The men beat up the man, tied him up and raped the woman in a secluded part of the Shakti Mills area,” a police officer said.
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 said.
In December, five men on a moving bus in New Delhi savagely attacked and gang-raped a 23-year-old woman who later died from her injuries. Her male companion was also beaten.
Police said no arrests had yet been made in the Mumbai incident, although suspects had been taken in for interrogation.
The 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.