Mumbai attack: Outcry as another woman gang-raped
India outrage after photo-journalist is attacked by five men at abandoned mill
REPORTS that another young woman was gang-raped in India last night have sparked outcry across the country.
The victim is said to be a photo-journalist in her early twenties who was on an assignment in the Lower Parel area of Mumbai when she was attacked by five men, reports the BBC.
Local media say she was interning for an English-language lifestyle magazine in Mumbai, which is considered one of India's safest cities. She was visiting an abandoned textile mill to carry out a photoshoot and was accompanied by a male colleague, who was also beaten in the attack.
The woman suffered multiple injuries and was taken to hospital, where a spokesman described her condition as “stable”. The police have reportedly detained several men after issuing sketches of the suspects.
“It will be dealt in the most severe manner. Our country cannot afford to have our women and children insecure in the hands of the attackers,” government minister Kapil Sibal told The Hindu newspaper.
The assault comes eight months after a 23-year-old student was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi. The victim and a male friend were brutally attacked, and she died in hospital from her injuries, prompting nationwide protests and a revision of India's rape laws.
Five men and a juvenile were arrested for the crime. One was found dead in his cell in March, while the others will hear their verdicts in the next few weeks.
Last night's attack has already caused outrage. Nirmala Sitharaman, national spokeswoman for the main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, wrote on Twitter: "Despicable! We are shamed! How long and God forbid, how many more before the criminals are punished? Wake up, India!"
"Sad validation of the fact that NO city in India is safe for women. It is after all the same prevention/enforcement mechanism in use all over," tweeted actress Gul Panag.
Mumbai Press Club, representing journalists in the city, such as Bachi Karkaria (see below) has accused police of failing to provide safety and security for ordinary citizens. It called on news organisations to hold a mass 'silent protest’ at Hutatma Chowk, a square in south Mumbai, this afternoon.
Mahalaxmi, Maha-outrage. Mumbai's women should come out for a Delhi-like response. 'Work to do' is no excuse.
— bachi karkaria (@bachikarkaria) August 23, 2013