Reacting to the gangrape of a 23-year-old photojournalist, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "Bangladeshi immigrants are increasing in the city. Proper records of immigrants are not maintained."
"There are so many illegal colonies ... Bangladeshi migrants are behind the rising crime rate in our Mumbai."
"The situation can be improved only if the police and the authorities take proper action," Raut said.
A 23-year-old photojournalist was allegedly gangraped by five men and her male colleague was assaulted while on an assignment at a deserted factory in Mumbai on Thursday evening, said police.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh told reporters on Friday: "The victim and her colleague were taking photos at Shakti Mill in Parel area last evening around 6.30 pm. Two men came and asked her if she had permission to shoot."
"Other men joined in and the photographer, in her 20s, was gangraped."
"We have detained 20 people for questioning," he said.
The woman's colleague was reportedly tied to a tree and beaten up.
Meanwhile, the police have released sketches of all five accused.
A case of gangrape has been registered at NM Joshi Marg police station.
According to police sources, the woman, who works with an English magazine, has named two of the five suspects - Rupesh and Sajid.
The victim has been admitted to Jaslok Hospital with multiple internal injuries.
"The medical bulletin will soon be released. We are doing everything possible to save her," said Dr Taran Gyanchandani, acting CEO of the hospital.
Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said, "The case will be investigated very seriously. The culprits will be caught very soon."
The incident brought back the memories of the Dec 16 brutal gangrape in New Delhi.
On Dec 16, six people gangraped and brutalised the 23-year-old Delhi Braveheart or Nirbhaya with an iron rod on a moving bus in New Delhi. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.
--IBNS (Posted on 23-08-2013)