La víctima fue violada por primera vez en enero. 29 este año, said Dinkar Munke, a junior officer with the Mandape police in the city of Dombivli, which neighbors Mumbai in Maharashtra state.
Dombivli police are still looking for the remaining seven men who have also been accused.
The incident is the latest in a slew of rape cases and controversies that have horrified the nation and highlighted once again its persistent problem with sexual assault.
Just two weeks ago
, a woman allegedly raped in Mumbai died of her injuries
, after she was found lying unconscious inside an open minibus
. Activists say the case bears a striking similarity to the brutal
2012 gang-rape and murder of a student that prompted mass nationwide protests
And last month
, a 9-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered in the capital of Delhi
. Four men
, including a Hindu priest
, have been charged with involvement in her death
Since the 2012 protestas, when millions of women called for stronger laws and protections for women, the government has introduced new legislation and tougher penalties. Pero, los activistas dicen, the problem persists, fueled by difficulties in reporting, poor enforcement by authorities, deeply rooted gender inequality and caste discrimination.
Reported rapes have increased over the years, potentially because of a greater awareness surrounding the issue. Más que 32,000 were recorded in 2019, up from 25,000 en 2012. But many rapes go unreported, meaning the real number may be much higher.
The recent string of rapes in Mumbai has prompted police to announce new measures. Police will install women’s safety cells in every police station in the city, and deploy patrolling vehicles in hotspots for crimes against women, police announced on September 14.
Other measures will include creating a sexual offenders’ list dating back five years, and requiring officers to undergo training in dealing with sexual assault victims, complete with an exam before they join the force.