Photographer gang-raped in Mumbai
A 22-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, evoking comparisons with a similar incident in Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests.
The incident took place near the posh Lower Parel area when the woman, a photojournalist with a magazine, was out on assignment. She was accompanied by a male colleague, media reports said.
A case has been registered at Mumbaiâ€™s N.M. Joshi Marg police station.
“An FIR has been registered â€¦ nobody has been arrested so far,” a head constable at the police station told India Insight. He gave no details.
The incident is likely to shock residents of Mumbai, considered one of India’s safest cities.
“Can’t travel to Bihar, U.P., Delhi, Haryana, M.P., Pune & nowÂ Lower Parel. Can’t travel to work or school. Girls a liability. Vicious circle,â€ť someone calling herself NamPod said on Twitter. “Every Mumbaikar must come out & show their outrage to the failed government, police system & laws,” said Trivan K., another user.
The woman has been admitted to Jaslok Hospital in south Mumbai and sketches of the suspects have been made, police said.
â€śThe patient is with us after the unfortunate incident since last night. As of now, she is stable,â€ť the hospital said in a statement.
In December, a 23-year-old woman died days after she was gang-raped by five men in a moving bus in New Delhi, a case that led to street protests,Â candlelight vigilsÂ and a new anti-rape law. The trial is under way.
While Delhi has been nicknamed India’s rape capital, Mumbai, a city home to more than 18 million people, has always been considered a safe place for women to travel even at night.
Sexual violence against women in largely patriarchal India is widespread, say gender rights activists, and crimes such as rape, dowry murders, acid attacks, honour killings, child marriages and human trafficking are common.
(Disclaimer: This article is website-exclusive and cannot be reproduced in any form without prior permission. Follow Aditya on Twitter @adityayk)