Massive manhunt continues for suspects in Mumbai gang rape of photojournalist

By George Chidi
Saturday, August 24, 2013 21:08 EDT
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Indian demonstrators protest the killing of a leading Indian anti-superstition activist in Mumbai on August 21, 2013. (AFP)
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Indian police have arrested three men accused of the gang rape Thursday of a photojournalist near Mumbai, but what the Times of India describes as “one of the biggest manhunts the city has seen” continues for two remaining accomplices.

The photojournalist, an intern for an English-language magazine, and her male colleague, were approached by five men posing as police officers while on photo assignment at an abandoned mill in the early evening Thursday, the Times of India reported. After leading them out of sight, the five tied up and beat the male colleague and sexually assaulted the 22-year-old female intern, threatening to release phone video of the attack if they were accused.

Fierce protests have erupted over the attack, which echoes the gang rape and savage beating of a young woman and the beating of a male friend on a bus earlier this year, leaving the female victim dead. The arrests pose a test for new laws enacted in the wake of the bus attack meant to ensure a speedy trial and life imprisonment in similar future cases.

Police arrested arrested Chand Abdul Sattar Shaikh, 19, the Hindustan Times reported. Police arrested Vijay Jadhav, also known as Nanu, 18, at a video parlour in south Mumbai early Saturday morning and later Saturday evening, police arrested Siraj Rehman, also known as Ashfaque, the Hindustan Times reported. Two other suspects – Kasim Bangali, the suspected leader of the gang of five, and Mohammad Saleem Ansari — remain at large.


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