Second man held over Mumbai gang-rape of journalist

Police escort rape suspect (with his face covered) into court in Mumbai on 24 August 2013 Police have promised swift justice for Thursday's violent attack

A second man has been arrested over the gang-rape of a 22-year-old journalist in the Indian city of Mumbai.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Friday over the attack at an abandoned textile mill in the centre of the city. Three others are still being sought.

The woman, who was on a photo assignment with a male colleague at the time, is in hospital with multiple injuries. Her colleague was beaten.

The case has renewed public outrage over sexual violence in India.

There were nationwide protests last December following the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital, Delhi. She later died from her injuries.

The case led to the introduction of tougher laws against sexual violence, but many are asking whether these have had any effect.

Silent protest

Police have promised swift justice and deployed elite units to search for the suspects, sketches of whom were released on Friday.

A 19-year-old unemployed man from south Mumbai was arrested on Friday, and the second suspect was arrested before dawn on Saturday.

The victim of Thursday's attack worked as an intern with a Mumbai-based English magazine and had gone to the Shakti Mills - a former textile mill that now lies abandoned and in ruins - with a male colleague for a photo shoot, police said.

Photojournalists hold placards as they protest against the gang rape of a 22-year-old woman photojournalist in Mumbai India, Friday, Aug 23, 2013. Photojournalists were among hundreds who demonstrated against the rape in Mumbai
The abandoned textile mill where a photojournalist was raped by five men in Mumbai on August 22, 2013 The abandoned textile mill in Mumbai's Lower Parel area where the photojournalist was raped
A policeman cordons off the area near the crime scene where a photo journalist was raped by five men inside an abandoned textile mill in Mumbai The woman was dragged into bushes where she was assaulted, police said
Policemen on 23 August 2013 survey the crime scene where a photojournalist was raped inside an abandoned textile mill in Mumbai  Police said nearly 20 teams had been formed to investigate the case
Police have released sketches of the five men they are seeking Police have released sketches of the five men they are seeking
Policemen stand at the entrance gate to the city hospital where the gang rape victim is admitted, in Mumbai early morning on August 23, 2013 The woman has been admitted to Mumbai's Jaslok hospital where she is being treated for multiple injuries

"The man [victim's male colleague] was clicking pictures on a camera while the girl was taking pictures on her mobile phone in the dilapidated building when one accused accosted them and inquired why they were there at the railway property," Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh said on Thursday.

"He later called four more men to the spot. They tied the male colleague's hands with a belt and took the girl to the bushes and raped her."

The "reprehensible" attack took place between "6pm and 6:30pm", Mr Singh said.

Hundreds of demonstrators have staged a silent protest in the city, and many people across India took to social media to express their anger that another such attack had been allowed to happen.

More on This Story

Rape scandal

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More India stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • EarthWater world

    Are ‘oceans’ hiding inside Earth? BBC Future investigates

Programmes

  • Francis Rossi, co-founder of band Status QuoHARDtalk Watch

    Status Quo's Francis Rossi explains how alcohol led him to take cocaine

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.