"It is a heinous crime. It should not have happened and I am saddened," Gandhi told reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of National Media Centre in New Delhi.
According to the police, the 22-year-old photojournalist and a male colleague, who were interning with a city publication, entered Shakti Mill in Central Mumbai at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Two of the accused accosted them and accused the interns of trespassing on railway property and on the pretext of taking the two to officials, the accused separated them.
The young man, who had a camera, was hit with a belt and tied up while the photojournalist was dragged behind some trees 15-20 feet away.
The duo called three others and took turns to rape the woman, assaulting her and eventually knocking her unconscious.
The incident brought back the memories of the Dec 16 fatal gangrape in New Delhi.
On Dec 16, six people gangraped and brutalised the 23-year-old Jyoti Sharma 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 24-08-2013)