Protest against the gang-rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai on Friday
When the 22-year-old intern who had been gang-raped by five men in the heart of Mumbai met doctors at the city's Jaslok Hospital two hours after her barbarous assault, she disclosed that a broken beer bottle had been held over her head by the gang who allegedly took turns at raping her.
Bombay daily Mid-Day says it has accessed her statement to the police in which she has said, "They took my photographs on their cell phones and threatened that if I spoke about the incident to anyone, they would defame me by revealing my identity." (Read report here)
Doctors have told NDTV that the survivor showed great presence of mind and courage in reporting directly to them for a complete medical checkup and statement. They say this helped them collect samples that could be crucial in establishing the guilt of her attackers. (Your comments
The survivor, from hospital, also helped the police prepare sketches of the suspects. Her male colleague, who was with her when she was gang-raped, has also been working closely with the police in its investigation and led them yesterday to Shakti Mills, where the two were on a photography assignment when they were assaulted by the group of men, two of who have now been arrested. The survivor's companion was tied up with a belt to ensure he could not help her. (Horror in Mumbai's abandoned mill: sequence of events
In her statement, the survivor had reportedly also told the police that "there would be some sense of justice if you arrest the culprits."
After the gang-rape, the suspects reportedly escorted the couple to a nearby train station and warned them not to report the case to the police.