Photographer Gang-Raped in Mumbai

A photographer on assignment to document abandoned textile mills in the financial district of Mumbai was raped by five men on Thursday, the BBC reports.

She is currently in stable condition after being treated for multiple injuries. A male colleague who was with her and also taking pictures at the time was assaulted and tied up during the attack. The Mumbai police commissioner reported this morning that one suspect has been detained.

The police also released sketches of the five suspects; they can be found on the BBC site.

Yesterday’s attack comes nine months after a 23-year-old student died after she was gang-raped on a city bus in Delhi, an incident that made international headlines and inspired passage of tougher punishments for sex crimes in India.

Police report that the victim in yesterday’s attack, an intern at an English language lifestyle magazine based in Mumbai, and her colleague were photographing inside a dilapidated mill in the Shakti Mills district when a man accosted them and asked why they were on the property. He then called four other men to the site.

*Update: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which documents attacks on the press, has called for Indian authorities “to investigate this attack with urgency and sensitivity.” CPJ ranks India twelfth on its Impunity Index, based on the number of attacks on journalists that have gone unpunished. CPJ’s report on sexual violence against journalists can be found here.

  

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