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Mumbai Gang Rape: Five Men Are Charged
Five men have been charged with the gang rape of a young photographer in Mumbai, in a case that has reignited anger over women's safety in India.
Four of them, who were arrested within days of the attack, appeared at the Esplanade Court in Mumbai.
As well as rape, they were charged with unnatural sex, illegal confinement, destruction of evidence and conspiracy.
Charges were also filed in a juvenile court against a fifth suspect, who was under 18 at the time of the incident on August 22.
The 22-year-old photographer was repeatedly raped while she was on assignment taking pictures in an abandoned mill compound in central Mumbai.
A male colleague accompanying her was also beaten and tied up with a belt while she was assaulted and threatened with a broken beer bottle, police say.
Afterwards the victim reported the attack to local police and was admitted to hospital with external and internal injuries. She was discharged several days later.
She was quoted by The Times of India as saying "rape is not the end of life" and that she wanted to return to work.
Her family released a statement saying they were hopeful of the "severest of punishments" for those responsible. Officials have promised swift justice.
The attack sparked outrage in Mumbai, a financial hub which has long been regarded as safer for women than the capital New Delhi, where the fatal gang rape of a young student in December shook the nation.
The 23-year-old, who died of internal injuries, was lured into a private bus by a gang of six men after a trip to the cinema with a male friend, who was beaten up.
Last week, a court convicted four adult suspects in the case and sentenced them to death, which the judge said was to deter other would-be rapists.
Since news of the Mumbai gang rape emerged, police say a 19-year-old telephone operator has come forward to tell them she was raped in the same mill compound at the end of July, allegedly by three of the same suspects and two others.
In another blow to Mumbai's image, a school bus cleaner was arrested at the weekend on suspicion of raping a four-year-old in the vehicle on the outskirts of the city earlier this month.