Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar decries rape of Mumbai photojournalist

Mumbai, Aug 23 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday condemned the gang-rape of a 22-year-old female photojournalist in Mumbai, saying the strict action should be taken against those who had committed the act.

"It's unfortunate and strict action should be taken. Parliament passed a stringent law after Delhi gangrape incident and I hope it will be put into effect," Kumar told media here.

"Extremely unfortunate, the more we condemn it, the less it is," she added.

A 22-year-old photojournalist, interning for a lifestyle magazine, was allegedly raped by at least three among a group of five men at an abandoned mill close to the railway tracks in the Mahalaxmi area of Mumbai last night.

The incident reportedly took place at around 8 p.m. when the girl and her male colleague were at Shakti Mills, which is located very close to the railway tracks in the Mahalaxmi area, shooting for a magazine assignment.

"The victim had gone along with her friend to the Shakti Mills to take some photographs. It was evening time. And, there the two boys...and based on the statements given by them (others detained in the case for questioning), three more men came, who then raped her," Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said.

In a chilling reminder of the December 16 gang rape in Delhi, the men tied up the victim's friend and raped the woman.

The victim is recuperating in Jaslok Hospital. Preliminary reports suggested she has sustained multiple internal injuries.

A special squad has been formed by the local police as well as by the crime branch to probe into the case and investigators has fanned out across the city to trace the accused. (ANI)


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