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August 25, 2013

Fifth and Final Suspect Arrested in Mumbai Gang Rape

by VOA News

Indian police say they have arrested the last of five men wanted in connection with the gang rape of a female photojournalist in Mumbai.

Police arrested the fifth suspect Sunday in New Delhi, the capital, after capturing the other four in Mumbai.

Family members of one of the suspects say he is a juvenile. Police are investigating the actual age of the suspect. As a juvenile, he would face lighter sentencing than the other suspects if he is found guilty of the charges.

Medical officials say the victim of Thursday's attack, who is in her early 20s, 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 have been tied up while the assault on the woman took place.

The rape in Mumbai has evoked memories of a similar crime committed on a moving bus against a woman in December in New Delhi who later died of injuries sustained in the attack.

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.