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India in new rape outrage.

A YOUNG woman photojournalist has been gang raped while her male colleague was tied up and beaten in India's business hub of Mumbai, police said.

The case was reminiscent of the December gang rape of a young university student in the Indian capital.

Police said the woman was on assignment to take pictures of an abandoned textile factory in south Mumbai late Thursday when five men confronted her, and offered to help her get permission to shoot inside the building.

Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh told reporters that the men tied her colleague's hands with a belt while she was gang raped. The woman, reported to be in her early 20s, is in stable condition in hospital.

The assault comes amid heightened concerns about sexual violence in India.

The attack took place in Lower Parel, a former textile manufacturing neighbourhood of south Mumbai that over the past decade has changed dramatically, with upmarket malls, restaurants and apartments sitting side-by-side with abandoned mills and sprawling slums.

The gang rape and death of the student on a bus in New Delhi in December shook a country long inured to violence against women.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Aug 24, 2013
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