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Mumbai court convicts four men over gang rape of photographer

Published on Mar 20, 2014 2:48 PM
 

MUMBAI (AFP) - A Mumbai court convicted four men on Thursday over the gang rape of a photographer on assignment in the city last year, in a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety.

The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last year at an abandoned mill compound, where she had gone to take photos with a male colleague, close to an upscale area of the financial city.

Mohammed Salim Ansari, Siraj Rehmat Khan, Vijay Mohan Jadhav and Mohammed Kasim Hafeez Shaikh, also known as Kasim Bangali, aged between 18 to 27 at the time of their arrest, were in the south Mumbai court to hear the verdict.

"It's going to send a strong signal to would-be offenders," Mr Himanshu Roy, who was joint police commissioner at the time of the attack, told the NDTV news channel.

In this photograph taken on August 27, 2013, Indian forensic officials enter The Shakti Mills Area in Mumbai, the scene of a gang rape on a female photojournalist. A Mumbai court convicted four men on Thursday, March 20, 2014, over the gang rape of a photographer on assignment in the city last year, in a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
 
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