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23-year-old photographer gang-raped in Mumbai

From Neha Sharma, for CNN
updated 5:52 AM EDT, Fri Aug 23, 2013

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: Police arrest suspect in alleged gang rape of a female photographer
  • Police say a female photographer was gang-raped in a deserted area of Mumbai
  • She and a male colleague were approached by a group of men
  • India has seen multiple high-profile sexual violence cases since a New Delhi gang rape

NEW DELHI (CNN) -- Police have arrested one man and identified others in the alleged gang rape of a 23-year-old female photographer in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, police said Friday.

The incident is the latest shocking report of sexual assault to make headlines in the South Asian nation.

"We have made one arrest so far, but all the accused have been identified," according to the city's police commissioner, Satyapal Singh, who earlier said five men took part.

The attack took place Thursday evening in a deserted area of the Shakti Mills district in Mumbai, Singh said.

The unidentified female victim and a male colleague were on assignment in the area for a print publication when some of the men approached them and asked if they had permission to take photographs, Singh said.

The attack unfolded from there, he said, without providing a full account of events.

The victim is now in a stable condition in Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai, hospital authorities said.

Singh said police have a "strong lead" in the case without giving further details. They released sketches of five men they said were suspects in the case.

The attack has shocked and disappointed many Mumbai residents, who consider their city to be a safer place for women than the capital, New Delhi.

The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in a bus in New Delhi in December sparked debate and introspection in India about sexual crimes against women. The victim of the New Delhi attack later died in a Singapore hospital.

An outcry quickly grew over her case and expanded to include widespread concerns about women's safety and inequalities, triggering demonstrations in various cities.

In response, the nation's lawmakers have introduced tougher laws and punishments for sexual crimes and harassment. Despite such action, frequent episodes of sexual violence are reported in India.

Some cases receive heavy coverage in the news media.

Earlier this month, police said a 7-year-old girl was raped in a train's toilet compartment in central India.

CNN's Mallika Kapur in Mumbai contributed to this report.

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