The condition of the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped in Mumbai last Thursday continues to improve, and her family is considering taking her home from hospital, NDTV reports.
The Police have arrested five men accused of the gang rape and one of them has confessed to committing the crime, Times of India reported. “The accused took my pictures and threatened [me] not to tell anyone. One of them then took out sharp pieces of a broken beer bottle and threatened me,” the young woman said in an official statement to the police describing the attack, which took place at an abandoned textile mill.
In a statement to Parliament, India’s home minister said the state government “has assured that they will ensure maximum punishment will be served to the guilty.” However, opposition politicians went on the attack, accusing the government of failing to do enough to stop sex attacks on women. Sexual violence has come under the spotlight in India since a horrific gang rape in Delhi last December left a woman dead and her male companion badly beaten.
As protests ripple through India after another shockingly similar incident, Mumbai’s Police Commissioner echoed the home minister’s words and said the police would ensure the men receive maximum penalties.
Meanwhile, reports that one of the main accused was a police informer have emerged after records show dozens of calls to Mumbai’s Crime Branch over the last couple of months.