Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have arrested a second man on suspicion of gang-raping a female photographer in the Indian financial hub.

On Thursday evening, five men gang-raped a young woman in central Mumbai when she was on a magazine assignment with a male colleague.

Police made the second arrest on Saturday after detaining the first suspect, who is in his early twenties, on Friday.

The attack in Mumbai, which is seen as far safer for women than the Indian capital, echoed a similar assault in New Delhi in December 2012 that sparked nationwide protests.

“While we may still believe that Mumbai is a safe city for women, today that belief lies badly bruised,” a front-page editorial in the daily Mumbai Mirror on Saturday.
The Thursday assault “only reaffirms Mumbai’s rapidly declining safety record and its decaying moral core,” the daily added

The latest incident comes months after a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped and savagely beaten on a moving bus and thrown out on to the street in New Delhi on December 16, 2012. She succumbed to her injuries in a hospital in Singapore on December 29.

The horrific nature of the crime shocked Indians and mass protests broke out across the country. The brutal attack also led to a tougher anti-rape law in the South Asian country.

The Mumbai gang-rape took place in an abandoned textile mill next to a fashionable area of luxury apartments, malls and restaurants.
The victim was taken to hospital in south Mumbai and is said to be in stable condition.

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