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Photojournalist Gang-Raped in Mumbai

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Indian policeman inspects site where 22-year-old woman was gang raped in Mahalaxmi area in Mumbai India, Aug. 23, 2013.

Indian policeman inspects site where 22-year-old woman was gang raped in Mahalaxmi area in Mumbai India, Aug. 23, 2013.

Police in India say a female photojournalist has been gang-raped in Mumbai, evoking memories of a similar crime committed against a woman in December who later died of injuries sustained in the attack.

Medical officials say the victim of Thursday's attack is hospitalized in stable condition.

Officials say five men attacked the woman while she was photographing an abandoned textile mill, along with a male colleague. The male journalist was reported to be tied up while the assault on the woman took place.

Several men have been detained for questioning.

The attack comes amid heightened tensions over sexual assaults on women in India. After December's attack, which triggered nationwide protests, India passed laws increasing punishments for violence against women.

The trial of attackers from December has not yet concluded.

Thursday's incident was unusual because of its location. Mumbai is generally considered one of India's safest cities for women.
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