MUMBAI: Out on an assignment, a young photojournalist was allegedly gang-raped by five men who badly beat up and tied up her male colleague in a deserted south Mumbai factory on Thursday evening in a chilling reminder of the Delhi gang-rape that shook the nation.
Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh said seven to eight men had been rounded up.
However, according to TV reports, police have detained about 20 people suspected of the crime; several others are also being questioned. They also hope to crack the case soon as they have 'good leads' on the suspects.
The victim and her friend were taken to the local Jaslok hospital, where her condition was said to be stable. Hospital authorities said she was initially in a state of shock.The woman, who is in her early 20s, had gone to the Shakti Mill compound in Worli with her colleague for a feature on old buildings that her publication was planning to run.
Her statement was being recorded after which a case would be registered, joint commissioner of police (law and order) Sadanand Date said. “We have formed teams comprising local police and crime branch to investigate the matter,” he said.
Soon after 7pm the girl, accompanied by a male colleague arrived at the spot, which is not very far from the busy Mahalaxmi railway station but is rather deserted, five young men accosted them. They assaulted the man, tied him up and then took turns to rape the woman.
The journalists’ cries for help went unheard as no one was around. The crime reportedly took place at around 8pm at the back of the mill compound, where they had arrived by walking along the railway track.
The Worli-Lower Parel belt in Mumbai has several deserted mills, some of which have been developed into commercial establishments.
According to unconfirmed reports, the men tricked the journalists into accompanying them into the mill, away from the railway track, by promising to get them permission to click photographs.
When compared with Delhi, Mumbai is considered a safer city for women. But lately, India’s financial capital has been gaining notoriety as far as crime against women is concerned. On Sunday, an American woman was robbed on a local train.