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Journalist Gang Raped in Mumbai

August 23, 2013

Three among a group of five men raped a 22-year-old photographer, interning for a lifestyle magazine, after bashing up her male colleague at an abandoned mill close to the railway tracks in the Mahalaxmi area on Thursday evening.

The traumatised girl's friends and family were filing a complaint of rape at the N M Joshi Marg police station late on Thursday. Police officials said they had sent the girl to Jaslok Hospital for a medical examination before registering the complaint. The family said the girl had suffered some internal injuries and bleeding but was responding well to treatment.

The incident happened between 5pm and 6pm when the girl and her colleague were at Shakti Mills, very close to the railway tracks in the Mahalaxmi area, shooting for a magazine assignment. Five men barged into the mill, saying the two had trespassed into "railway property". The two would have to accompany them to their "senior officers", the men said.

An altercation ensued, during which the men pounced on the girl and her colleague. They first bashed up the colleague and, while two of them pinned him down, the remaining three took the girl to a corner and then raped her. They then left the mill compound, leaving the traumatised and her injured friend.

The two waited for some time before getting out of the mill. They then called their friends and her family and went to the police station to register a complaint of rape. "I have asked zonal deputy commissioner Vinayak Deshmukh to visit the victim and the spot of the crime," additional commissioner of police (central) Praveen Salunkhe said. "We are in the process of identifying the culprits," he added. An officer from the N M Joshi Marg police station said a few youths had already been picked up for being questioned. He expressed confidence that the guilty would be arrested soon.

Officials sent the girl for medical examination to Jaslok Hospital, after which the complaint would be registered, officials said.

Source: Copyright Times of India 2013

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