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Mumbai Gang-Rape: Third Man Arrested
A third man has been arrested over the brutal gang rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai.
The victim underwent minor surgery and is recovering in hospital.
The case has caused outrage in Mumbai, which is considered one of India's safer cities for women. The woman was out on an assignment with a male colleague at an abandoned mill in the suburbs of Mumbai when she was attacked by five local men.
The male friend was assaulted and tied up during the attack.
Hospital sources say the woman, who has not been identified, is now stable. She told police she did not resist because the men threatened her with a broken bottle and said they would kill her if she resisted. "They took my photographs on their cellphones and threatened that if I spoke about the incident to anyone, they would defame me by revealing my identity," the woman said in her statement to local police. Her decision to go straight to hospital helped doctors collect crucial evidence for the case against her assailants.
Twenty police teams set out to catch the attackers.
The victim's statement was recorded and sketches of the suspects have been released by police.
Officers claimed to have cracked the case within 18 hours, arresting two of the accused who have confessed to the crime. Another man was arrested on Saturday. The state's Chief Minister has promised swift action and also visited the woman in hospital. The latest attack comes after the brutal gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in Delhi last December. That incident caused nationwide protests and demands for stringent laws against rape. Under pressure, the government brought in fast-track courts for crimes against women, and six men were subsequently charged with rape and murder.
A verdict is expected soon for four of the defendants. Suspected ringleader Ram Singh killed himself at the Tihar jail earlier this year. A juvenile is being tried at a separate court as he was under 18 years old when he allegedly committed the crime.