Mumbai live: Forensic experts examine crime scene

1.45 pm: Forensic experts examine crime scene

Two teams from Central Forensic Science Laboratory and Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory thoroughly examined the defunct Shakti Mills compound in Parel to gather evidence against the five accused, who gangraped the 22-year-old photojournalist there on 22 August, police said. - PTI
7.53 am: Was accused Kasim Bangali a police informer?

One of the main accused in the Mumbai gangrape Kasim Bangali was reportedly a regular police informer.

According to a report in the Indian Express, Call Data Records have shown over 50 calls between a police constable posted at Agripada police station and Bangali.

Updates for 26 August end

3.55 pm: We will ensure harshest punishment in this case, says Satyalpal Singh

Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said the force will ensure the five accused in the gangrape case will get maximum punishment as per law, and a chargesheet will be filed at the earliest.

Speaking at a press conference, Singh sought to assure the city that Mumbai was still safe.

"The crime is a very serious one but Mumbai is not unsafe," Singh said.

Singh said the mobile phone used to click a picture of the survivor has been recovered, and added that the crime was not pre-planned.

"There were 20 teams constituted.. 10 teams from crime branch and 10 from Mumbai police. These teams were constantly working to crack the case"

On being questioned about one of the accused's relatives claiming he is a minor, Singh said the force has past records to prove that he is an adult and said there were no juveniles in the case.

Singh also said that as of now, he found no lapse on the part of the police.

On being asked if they were migrants, Singh said all the five accused were born and brought up in Mumbai.

"In every crime, some trail of evidence is left behind. We have collected evidence and have also asked some teams to come and assist us," Singh said.

On being asked if security will be provided at abandoned buildings, Singh said the force has to decide what is priority. "Whether on roads or buildings.. we have to decide our priority.. we will issue directions for the same."

Singh also had a word of praise for his force saying, "our top police officials were on the job.. they have done a great job. There was fantastic coordination between the local police and the crime branch."

12. 55 pm: 5th accused remanded to police custody till Sept 5

A local Mumbai court on Monday remanded the fifth accused in the Mumbai gangrape case to police custody till 5 September.

Salim Ansari was arrested at the Delhi-Haryana border early on Sunday morning. Ansari was reportedly planning to flee the country to Nepal.

12.20 pm: Guilty should get death penalty, says Sushma Swaraj

Responding to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement in Parliament, Sushma Swaraj said those guilty should be sentenced to death.

"On one hand, women in our country are wining gold medals, on the other they are being raped."

"It's sad that the Delhi gangrape victim has not yet received justice.. those guilty should get the death sentence.. mere words won't do, we need action," Swaraj said.

12.07 pm: Condemn the incident, accused will get max punishment, says Shinde

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde briefed Lok Sabha on Monday assuring the House that strict action will be taken against the accused.

Reading out a statement, Shinde said the state government has assured him that the case will be tried in a fast track court and a public prosecutor (Ujjwal Nikam) has already been appointed.

"I condemn the incident and the Maharashtra govt has assured that they will ensure maximum punishment will be served to the guilty."

When asked about Asaram Bapu by JD(U) Chief Sharad Yadav, Shinde said it was a state related matter and it was in the preliminary stage.

11.23 am: Home Minister to make statement in Parliament

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is likely to brief the House about the progress in the Mumbai gangrape of a photojournalist, CNN-IBN reports.

The Union Home Ministry had asked the state government to submit a report on the case at the earliest.

10.25 am: Relatives of two gangrape accused claim they are minors

After the grandmother of Chand Sheikh showed a birth certificate claiming he was a minor, the mother of another accused - Kasim Bangali - claims that her son is a minor.

According to an NDTV report, the Mumbai Police have earlier criminal records to prove that Bangali is an adult.

10.03 am: Search for mobile phone intensifies

After all five accused in the case have been arrested, Mumbai Police have intensified their search for the mobile phone allegedly used to film the horrific crime.

The accused had clicked pictures and warned the survivor not to report the crime or else the pictures would be published online.

8. 23 am: Ujjwal Nikam appointed public prosecutor

The Maharashtra government on Sunday appointed senior criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam as public prosecutor in the case.

Nikam, when contacted by PTI whether he had accepted the state’s request, said, “The chief minister telephoned me a few minutes back and I have agreed to take up the case.”

Updates for 25 August end

12.18 pm: Two accused produced in court, in custody till 30 Aug

The third and the fourth accused in the Mumbai gangrape case were produced in court today and have been remanded to police custody to police custody till 30 August.

11.28 pm: Fifth accused arrested in Delhi

The massive manhunt for the fifth accused comes to an end with his arrest today morning. The fifth accused was arrested from the Delhi-Haryana border.

Meanwhile, the fourth accused will soon be produced in Mumbai's Killa Court today morning.

8:50 am: Fourth accused rounded up by police

According to CNN IBN, the fourth accused in the case has been arrested by the police. He was arrested by the Crime Branch late on Saturday night. A massive manhunt for the fifth accused has been launched by the Mumbai Police. Police sources said that the rape survivor has been of great help in the process as she had provided important details about the accused, including near-accurate physical descriptions.

End of updates from 24 August

7.45 pm: Mumbai Crime Branch arrest third suspect

A third accused in the gangrape of a woman photo-journalist was arrested here Saturday even as a court sent two other accused, including one arrested earlier in the day, to police custody till Aug 30.

Another of the three absconding accused was arrested Saturday evening, a senior police officer said. However, the name of the arrested man was not disclosed.

Earlier, accused Chand Babu Sattar Shaikh alias Mohammed Abdul was presented before the Bhoiwada magistrate in south Mumbai around noon and his accomplice Vijay Jadhav was brought to the same court a few hours later (IANS).

7.30 pm: Sushma Swaraj wants death penalty for gangrape-like incidents

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today said she firmly believes that culprits of such crimes like the brutal gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai should be given death sentence.

Asked if she still holds the opinion she had articulated after the Nirbhaya gangrape in Delhi on December 16, Swaraj said "I am of the firm view and I reiterate my stand that if punishment of this kind (death sentence) is given to the accused in the Damini... Nirbhaya case, there will definitely be a stop somewhere."

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5.45 pm: RR Patil personally supervising gangrape case

Under fire from the opposition in the wake of gang-rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil is personally supervising the probe into the case round the clock.

According to PTI, Patil visited the N M Joshi Marg police station in the wee hours today to review the progress made in the investigations of this case, a police official said.

Patil's visit to the police station at 2.30 AM raised eyebrows and officials were surprised to receive him.

The home minister not only interacted with the police officials at the station to get a first hand impression of the probe, but also spoke to the two accused who had been arrested in the case.

Patil asked the duo their names and where they resided. He also questioned them about their role in the incident.

According to the official, Patil appreciated the efforts of the police in arresting the two accused and stressed the need to quickly arrest the remaining culprits.

The Home Minister has given full freedom to the police in probing the case and told them that the government needs quick results, the official said.


5.40 pm: Photojournalists in Assam protest against Mumbai gangrape

Assam Photojournalists Association (APJA) today staged a silent protest against the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai and demanded strict action against the culprits.

"We want proper actions to be taken against those accused who have been nabbed by police. If our country continues to be so, people will fear to visit our country and we will feel ashamed in front of the world," APJA President and senior photojournalist Rajib Bhattacharjee said.

It is a matter of serious concern that India is becoming known as a country where people do not know how to respect a woman, he added.

APJA asked the government to take appropriate measures to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future.

The photojournalists staged the protest in front of Guwahati Press Club with their mouths covered by black clothes. Journalists from different organisations, both from print and electronic media, participated in the protest.

The victim, who worked as an intern with an English magazine, was gang-raped by five men on Thursday evening when she had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Lower Parel with a male colleague on assignment.


5 pm: Grandmother of accused says he is a minor

The grandmother of one of the accused in the Mumbai gangrape case which took place on Thursday evening at about 6.30 pn at Shakti Mills in Mahalakshmi, said that her grandson was a minor.

Sarnabai, grandmother of Chand Babu Sattar Shaikh alias Mohammed Abdul, who was arrested yesterday, has produced a certificate before the police which showed his date of birth as 26 February 1997.

"He is a very good boy. He cannot do such a bad thing. He is only 16 years of age. I have document to prove that and I will show it to the court,” Sarnabai told reporters at her shanty at a Dhobi Talao slum.

The police, however, claim Chand was aged about 19 and dubbed it as attempt by his family to save him.


4. 15 pm: Raj Thackeray draws flak for raking up migrants issue

MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who is know for targeting north Indian migrants, has sparked a controversy yet again by blaming influx of outsiders for incidents like the recent rape of a photo journalist, with
parties accusing him of politicing the issue.

Congress alleged that the MNS chief was trying to get "cheap political mileage".

"I think, he is again trying to politicise the issue to get cheap mileage. How can you say this?...Mumbai police have nabbed one person and others are also likely to be nabbed," Union Minister Rajiv Shukla said.

Another party leader Sanjay Nirupam said that the statement by Thackeray is "completely uncalled for". (PTI)

2. 58 pm: Rapists threatened to kill 22-year-old Mumbai photojournalist 

In a grisly revelation in the Mumbai gangrape case, a NDTV report on Saturday said that the men had held a broken beer bottle over the victim's neck and threatened to kill her if she moved.

According to a report, the victim told the Mumbai police that the rapists clicked photographs of her after the assault and threatened to release them in public and defamed her if she dared to disclose their identities.

1. 45 pm: Jammu journalists condemn Mumbai gangrape

Local journalists Saturday carried out a peaceful protest in the state's winter capital Jammu against the rape of a fellow-journalist in Mumbai.

Local journalists of both the electronic and the print media held a meeting at Jammu Press Club Saturday morning to condemn the rape of the fellow photojournalist by five men in an abandoned mill compound in central Mumbai.

Members of the fraternity also staged a peaceful protest against the crime, carrying placards. The journalists demanded stringent punishment to those involved in the brutal act. (IANS)

12. 40 pm: Mumbai police chief confirms arrest of second accused

Addressing the media, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh revealed that the second accused has also admitted his crime. Singh further expressed confidence that the police would arrest the remaining three accused soon.

"We have arrested a second accused in the gang-rape case and he has confessed to his involvement. The probe is heading in the right direction and we hope to arrest all other absconding accused soon," Singh told reporters.

"The man has given information about others on the run and we will apprehend them soon. They have gone a little far off," the officer said in reply to a query.

Asked about the evidence gathered against the accused so far, he said, "We have all the evidence against them and will file a comprehensive chargesheet."

12. 18 pm: One accused sent to police custody

One of the accused in the Mumbai gangrape case has been sent to police custody till August 30. Police say this particular accused can also help them nab the three absconding ones.

12.00 pm: Gangrape survivor wants life imprisonment for all perpetrators

A Times of India source told the paper that the 22-year-old photojournalist wanted life imprisonment for all the perpetrators. "They should be punished severely as they have ruined my life," the gangrape survivor told her mother from the hospital bed, reported ToI. Read the ToI report here.

11. 30 am: BJP workers protest outside Bhoiwada court

Meanwhile, BJP workers are protesting outside the Bhoiwada court.


Both the men now arrested will be produced before the Bhoiwada Magistrate Court this afternoon.

11. 15 am: 'Shocked and saddened,' says Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said she is shocked about the Mumbai gangrape incident. "I am saddened and shocked, it shouldn't have happened, " she said.

The Congress president was speaking at the inauguration of the National Media Centre in New Delhi.

8: 40 am: Mumbai Police arrest second accused

According to reports, Mumbai crime branch have arrested the second accused in the photojournalist gangrape case.

The accused, whose identity is not yet officially disclosed, was nabbed early Saturday from a video parlour in the congested Madanpura area of south central Mumbai, an official of the N.M. Joshi Marg Police, which is spearheading the probe, said.

Both the men now arrested will be produced before the Bhoiwada Magistrate Court Saturday afternoon.

The second absconding accused had been holed up in the Madanpura area since Thursday night, after the gangrape of the intern, who was at work shooting the deserted Shakti Mills Compound, near Mahalaxmi railway station. The incident left the nation stunned.

While one accused was held around noon Friday, the other four involved had been absconding.
8. 30 am: Mumbai Police launches massive hunt for gangrape accused

Amidst anger, outrage and protests, the Mumbai Police has launched a massive hunt for the four Mumbai gangrape accused who are still at large. The police claim they have solved the case and have identified the perpetrators.

One of the accused has been arrested and has confessed to his crime while he has also identified four others. Police say all five accused are local residents and had accosted the woman while she was taking some pictures of the mill.

Meanwhile, doctors attending to the rape survivor say she is stable and is able to speak. Investigators say the victim has given a description of the culprits.

Updates end for Friday

9.59 pm: News Cameramen's Association condemns gangrape

Working News Cameramen's Association today condemned the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai and said it stands in solidarity with the victim.

"WNCA stands in solidarity with the victim and calls for society to resolve to make country safer for women and girls in their homes and outside," it said in a statement today.

It said such incidents should not deter young women from joining the profession of photojournalism.


9.20 pm: Photographers association asks RR Patil for speedy justice

A delegation of the Bombay News Photographers Association today submitted a letter to the  R R Patil demanding speedy justice for the 23-year-old photojournalist who was gangrape in the city yesterday.

A press release from the association said  R R Patil assured the delegation that the case will be tried in a fast track court and special public prosecutor Ujjwal NIkam will be asked to represent the prosecution if the family of the victim agrees.

4.30 pm: Jaslok medical bulletin

The CEO of Jaslok hospital has said that the Mumbai gangrape survivor is in stable condition after going through a minor procedure and is currently under the care of gynecologists.

"She has gone through counseling. She is slightly depressed after the incident", the CEO added.

3.20 pm: BJP 'gangrape' protest targets Congress instead

Politicisation of rape: A group of BJP supporters, with black flags as well as BJP flags, gathered outside Mumbai's Churchgate station to protest the rape of the photojournalist.

They were chanting, 'Sonia jiski mummy hai, Woh sarkar nikami hai!'.

Nothing about demanding justice for the rape survivor or that the rapists be punished. - Arlene Chang.


BJP supporters protest outside Churchgate station in Mumbai. Image: Arlene Chang

BJP supporters protest outside Churchgate station in Mumbai. Image: Arlene Chang


3.43 pm: Government will bear all medical expenses, says Chavan

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters that the police will soon nab the remaining four accused and the government will ensure strictest possible punishment.

He further said that the government will bear all the medical expenses of the survivor.  "The state government will bear the expenses for the treatment of the victim of this highly condemnable crime."

2.05 pm: Arrested man confessed to gangrape, say Mumbai cops

The Mumbai police have said that the suspect they have arrested in connection with the gangrape has confessed to his involvement in the rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai. Police commissioner Satyapal Singh said that while they have only been able to arrest one person so far, the other four perpetrators have been identified.

1.33 pm: One person arrested in Mumbai gangrape, say police

Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh has said that they have arrested one of the people they believe to be responsible for the Mumbai gangrape and have identified four others. Speaking to the media, Singh said that the police came to know about the incident only after the girl had been admitted to hospital, adding that they had immediately formed about 20 teams to apprehend the suspects.

"Of the five accused, there are property offences filed against two", he added.

Singh also said that although they had identified all the accused responsible for the rape, they would not reveal the names as yet, because it was a sensitive case.

1.21 pm: Shameless RR Patil must quit immediately, says Raj Thackeray

MNS leader Raj Thackeray said that the Mumbai gangrape incident highlighted yet again, the fact that RR Patil is no longer fit to be state Home Minister.

"RR Patil wont quit, because Sharad Pawar has kept him there. RR Patil is Pawar's dummy, he said.

Speaking further, Thackeray said "RR patil has nothing to do with Maharashtra. He doesn't know the difference between the Mumbai postman and police. This man is shameless. Police do not what to do, for fear that they will be transferred."

"All RR Patil does is give Pawar information. I request all mothers and sisters to send him boxes of bangles. Maybe then he will quit in shame", he said.

12.53 pm: BJP demands resignation of RR Patil

Blaming Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, the opposition today demanded his resignation in the wake of the  gangrape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Lower Parel.

"If you can't improve the law and order situation in Mumbai, you must resign," BJP state unit president Devendra Fadnavis said.

"Mumbai is no longer a safe city it used to be but has become rape city," the BJP leader said.

Meanwhile Milind Deora tweeted the following:


12.17 pm: Smiti Irani brings up Mumbai rape in Parliament

BJP MP Smriti Irani who gave notice in Parliament for a discussion of the Mumbai gangrape, made a strong statement in the Rajya Sabha, asking her fellow MPs how long they will "quietly and mutely be spectators to violence against women".

"We assure the people we have passed a law that will ensure greater protection to women. But what we don't tell the public is that the criminal law amendment bill cannot be implemented with retrospective effect. What we don't tell the people is that the law provides no deterrent", she said.

Irani added that it was  horrifying to know that "every hour in our country 2.38 cases of rape are reported".

The house is now in uproar with various state leaders shouting stats from their own states and arguing with one another. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien who said, "This is a serious issue, don't you want to support it. Don't bring politics into it", is possibly the only person who has the situation spot on.

The shouting and screaming frankly don't do the politicians any favours, and certainly inspire no confidence in their ability to protect the people.

Some confusion now over the number of arrested, with Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde saying that one of the accused have been arrested, with the other four identified.

11.43 am: Mumbai police have cracked the case, confirms Murli Deora

Congress MP Murli Deora has told the media that the Mumbai Police commissioner has confirmed that the case has been cracked and all five suspects in the case have been arrested. He added that one of the five have also confessed to the crime.

"The police commissioner has assured us that such an incident will not happen again. The young lady is in stable condition", he added.

11.05 am: All five suspects in Mumbai gangrape arrested 

The Mumbai police have claimed that they have arrested all five men responsible for raping a 23-year-old photojournalist in Lower Parel while she was on assignment.

The police are scheduled to hold a press conference at around 1pm to further inform the public about the fact that they have arrested all the accused, said Times Now. As many as 12 police teams fanned the city throughout the night in a search to apprehend the suspects.

The victim had given the police detailed images of all the suspects, and had even named two of them.

Meanwhile the Jaslok hospital, where the survivor is currently receiving treatment, had issued the following statement:

The patient is with us after the unfortunate incident since last night.

As of now, she is stable and Jaslok Hospital is doing its best.

With regards to patient confidentiality, we cannot give you any further information.

We would request you to contact the right authorities for any further information.

In order to ensure smooth services to all our patients, we request the media and television crews present at the hospital gate to avoid causing traffic congestion.

-- Dr Tarang Gianchandani, Acting CEO & Director - Medical Services, Jaslok Hospital.

10.38 am: Data shows rise in rape, sexual assault in Mumbai

There was an 11 percent rise in sexual assault cases in Mumbai, going from 553 in 2011 to 614 in 2012, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.

Mumbai saw a 45 percent rise in sexual harassment cases in 2012, even as incidents of rape and sexual assault grew, the data showed.

The city recorded 235 cases of sexual harassment in 2012 as compared to 162 in 2011. The rise from 2010 to 2011 was much lower at 17.4 percent.

Cases of rape in Mumbai rose at a rate of 5 percent in 2012. The 232 cases put the city second in terms of reported rapes, behind Delhi, which saw 585 cases in 2012.

Of the 232 victims in Mumbai, around 105 (45 percebt) were from the age group of 14 to 18 years. Eleven victims in Mumbai were under 10.

Here is a look at the stats of each city:

Female population in lakhs: 85.20
Instances of rape reported: 232
Rate of crime: 2.72
Percentage share of total crime: 7.67

Delhi's female population in lakhs: 75.76
Instances of rape reported: 585
Rate of crime: 7.72
Percentage share of total crime: 19.34

10.00 am: Political reactions to rape of Mumbai photo journalist

The Mumbai gangrape of a photojournalist on assignment has generated massive shock and outrage. Here are a few reactions from political parties and politicians:

Meira Kumar, speaker of Lok Sabha

"It's unfortunate, strict action should be taken, Parliament passed a stringent law, it should help punish the guilty"

Naresh Agarwal, Samajwadi Party

There should be strict action against the accused. We should use them as an example to ensure that no one else would dare to commit such an act again.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
This is a ghastly crime. Mumbai is a place where such incidents are rare. It has an image of a society that takes care of its women. Having said that, I am sure that the police are doing their best to apprehend those accused. So my only appeal is to the Mumbai police, to catch those responsible for this incident.

Najma Heptullah, BJP:

These people do not fear the law. I condemn this horrid crime. The government must take action. It is appalling that such an incident has taken place in a city like Mumbai which is considered relatively safe for women. How on earth do you expect girls to go out and carry on with their work?

9.45 am: Govt's responsibility to ensure safety, says BJP

Reacting to the gangrape case, BJP leader Smriti Irani said it was only the government who could ensure safety of women and they should be held responsible.

"It is the responsibility of the government to provide security.. will law be confined only to paper?" adding that she will ask for suspension of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha to discuss the issue.

9.20 am: Mumbai Police release sketches of five accused

Mumbai Police have released the sketches of the accused in the gangrape case. The sketches will be circulated in the localities around the mill in which the girl was raped. Police say that the girl has also been able to name at least two of the men who had raped her. Meanwhile the police have also formed 12 teams which have spread out across the city to nab the five accused.

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9.07 am: Mumbai not at all safe for women, says Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut slammed the Maharashtra government saying law and order in the state has failed miserably.

What are the intelligence doing? There is no law and order in Maharashtra.. Whether Pune or Mumbai.. even school girls are not safe in our city.. we keep saying it but the government doesnt accept it.. women in Mumbai are not at all safe," Raut said.

8.21 am: Mumbai soon becoming like Delhi, says resident

Mumbai residents have expressed shock at the incident saying the city is fast losing its tag as a safe one for women.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, a resident said,"I'm shocked about the gangrape that took place.. we must do something about it.. looks like Bombay is soon becoming like Delhi."

Another resident said these crimes used to happen but with the media playing a more active role, these facts are coming out.

"There is an increase in these gangrapes.. initially also these things used to happen.. but because of the media these facts are coming out," she said.





8.10 am: At least 15 suspects detained by Mumbai Police

Mumbai police have detained at least 15 suspects from the area and are also questioning drug addicts who are seen frequenting the area.

The police have also recorded the statement of both, the woman and her colleague, and sketches of the suspects are also being prepared.

The woman has also managed to provide the names of two of the accused - Rupesh and Sajid.

7.55 am: Survivor's condition stable, under observation

The survivor's condition is stable and is under observation by doctors at Jaslok hospital. A medical bulletin is expected at 9 am this morning.

7.38 am: Men approached woman asking if she had permission to shoot

Mumbai Police Commissioner Satypal Singh told reporters that the accused tricked the survivor asking if she had permission to shoot in the area.

"In the evening the woman and her colleague were clicking pictures. Two men approached her asking if she had permission to shoot. Another man then joined in and the photographer was gangraped. We have brought in 10 people for questioning. A case of gangrape has been registered."

7.24 am: Accused had a broken beer bottle as weapon

CNN-IBN reports that the survivor was threatened by five men with a beer bottle if she cried out for help. The male colleague accompanying the woman was tied up and beaten by the accused.


7.15 am: It's a very serious matter, accused will be arrested soon, says RR Patil

Maharasthra Home Minister RR Patil told reporters outside the Jaslok hospital that the police would do everything to track down the accused. "This is a very serious matter. We have taken note of it. The accused will be arrested soon," Patil told reporters outside the hospital.

rape-protest-AFPIn a horrific incident reminiscent of the 16 December Delhi gangrape, a 23-year old photojournalist was gangraped by five men in Mumbai's Mahalaxmi area, where she had gone on an assignment.

The incident took place at around 8 pm near Shakti Mills in Lower Parel area when the 23-year-old woman, working with a magazine, was on an assignment, accompanied by a male colleague.