A photographer in her early 20s was gang-raped by five men in India’s financial capital Mumbai, evoking comparisons with a similar incident in Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests.
The incident took place in the posh Lower Parel-Worli area when the woman, a photojournalist with a magazine, was out on assignment. She was accompanied by a male colleague, media reports said.
A case has been registered at Mumbai’s N.M. Joshi Marg police station.
“An FIR has been registered … nobody has been arrested so far,” a head constable at the police station told India Insight. He gave no details.
The incident is likely to shock residents of Mumbai, considered one of India’s safest cities.
“Can’t travel to Bihar, U.P., Delhi, Haryana, M.P., Pune & now Lower Parel. Can’t travel to work or school. Girls a liability. Vicious circle,” someone calling herself NamPod said on Twitter. “Every Mumbaikar must come out & show their outrage to the failed government, police system & laws,” said Trivan K., another user.
TV channel CNN-IBN said the photographer gave a statement to police and 10 suspects had been detained for questioning.
In December, a 23-year-old woman died days after she was gang-raped by five men in a moving bus in New Delhi, a case that led to led to street protests, candlelight vigils and a new anti-rape law. The trial is under way.
While Delhi has been nicknamed India’s rape capital, Mumbai, a city home to more than 18 million people, has always been considered a safe place for women to travel even at night.
Sexual violence against women in largely patriarchal India is widespread, say gender rights activists, and crimes such as rape, dowry murders, acid attacks, honour killings, child marriages and human trafficking are common.