Four convicted for raping Indian journalist

Mumbai court finds four men guilty of raping photo-journalist and another woman last year.

    A string of sex crimes have triggered street protests across India [AFP]
    A string of sex crimes have triggered street protests across India [AFP]

    A court in India has found four men guilty of gang-raping two women, including a photo-journalist, in the city of Mumbai, reports say.

    The photo-journalist was gang-raped in the city's abandoned Shakti Mills compound in August while on an assignment, following which several men were arrested by the police.

    Days after the incident, another woman revealed that three of those men had also raped her in July.

    According to NDTV, the four men convicted by a Mumbai court on Thursday were Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari and Siraj Rehman. Another accused, a minor, is being tried in a juvenile court.

    The men, all unemployed, lived in a slum near the mill.

    The assault on the photo-journalist shocked the nation, already reeling from the brutal gang-rape of a medical student in the capital New Delhi.

    The rape triggered street protests across the nation and forced the federal government to push through stringent laws against such crimes.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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