Journalist, 23, Gang-Raped During Mumbai Photo Shoot

India protests latest brutal sex assault

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 23, 2013 4:10 AM CDT | Updated Aug 23, 2013 7:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – As India continues to grapple with the fallout from a string of widely reported sex assaults, including a gang-rape in New Delhi, another horrific attack has occurred, this time in Mumbai. Police say a 23-year-old photojournalist was gang-raped while on the job by five men last night; one arrest has been made. The victim was hospitalized with internal and external injuries and is in stable condition, the BBC reports. A male colleague who was with her reportedly suffered a beating. Some 35 people have been detained in the case, and police have released sketches of the five alleged perpetrators. They say they have a "strong lead," CNN notes.

Like the Delhi assault, the Mumbai attack has India in an uproar. "How long and God forbid, how many more before the criminals are punished? Wake up, India!" tweeted an opposition politician. "Mumbai's women should come out for a Delhi-like response," added a leading journalist. The attack occurred in the city's Shakti Mills district (home to an abandoned textile mill of the same name); police say at least one of the suspects asked the victim and her colleague whether they had permission to take photos in the derelict area. She is reportedly an intern for a Mumbai-based English-language magazine.

Indian police officers stand outside Jaslok Hospital, where a victim of gang rape was admitted, in Mumbai, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
Indian police officers stand outside Jaslok Hospital, where a victim of gang rape was admitted, in Mumbai, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian policeman inspects the site where a 22-year-old woman was gang raped in Mahalaxmi area in Mumbai India, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
An Indian policeman inspects the site where a 22-year-old woman was gang raped in Mahalaxmi area in Mumbai India, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Indian policemen inspect the site where a 23-year-old woman was gang raped in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
Indian policemen inspect the site where a 23-year-old woman was gang raped in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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