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Last of 5 suspects in Mumbai gang rape arrested

NEW DELHI — Police on Sunday arrested the last of five men wanted in the multiple rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, and said charges would be filed soon in a case that has incensed the public and fueled debate over whether women can be safe in India.

The victim, a 22-year-old Indian woman, said she was eager to return to work after Thursday night’s assault, in which five men repeatedly raped her while her male colleague was beaten and tied up in an abandoned textile mill in the country’s financial capital.

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A statement from Jaslok Hospital, where the woman has been since the attack, said her condition was being monitored but that she was ‘‘much better’’ and was being visited by family. Indian law forbids identifying rape victims by name.

Police arrested the fifth suspect Sunday in New Delhi, the capital, after rounding up the other four in Mumbai.

Mumbai’s police commissioner, Satyapal Singh, said comprehensive charges would be filed. He said police had the evidence to prosecute the suspects, including the victim’s testimony and medical samples taken after the assault.

Police said one of the two suspects who appeared in court Sunday had confessed to his involvement. The court ordered the two to be held until Aug. 30, along with two others who appeared in court Saturday. The suspect arrested in New Delhi was being taken to Mumbai for processing.

Police say one suspect will undergo tests to confirm his age after his family said he was 16. Police maintain he is 19, which makes him eligible for trial as an adult. The eldest of the suspects is 25.

It is rare for rape victims to visit police or a hospital immediately after an attack in India, where an entrenched culture of tolerance for sexual violence has led to many cases going unreported. Women are often pressed by social pressure or police to stay quiet about sexual assault, experts say, and those who do report cases are often subjected to public ridicule or social stigma.

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