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August-23-13

American Photojournalist Gang-raped in India

A 22-year-old American photojournalist was gang-raped in an isolated Mumbai neighborhood Thursday night, Indian police said.

The woman, an intern at an American magazine that has not yet been named, was on-assignment with a male colleague when the attack occurred. Five men tied the colleague's hands with a belt and beat him. They then took the woman to another part of the lot and raped her.

Police said she was in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. She underwent a minor surgical procedure Thursday night.

One man has been arrested and confessed to the crime, police said. He also gave the names of the other four attackers.

The attack is reminiscent of a similar gang rape that occurred in December in New Delhi. In that case, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped in a New Delhi bus and later died. This most recent assault sparked a silent protest of about 1,000 people Friday night.

In response to the attack in December, the Indian government passed a strict law that increases prison length for rape and makes acid attacks, stalking, voyeurism and the trafficking of women punishable under criminal law.

Media Resources: The Times of India, 8/23/2013; Aljazeera America 8/23/2013; BBC News 8/23/2013; The Washington Post 8/23/2013;


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