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ELIZABETH JACKSON: The brutal rape of a young photographer in Mumbai has again stirred anger in India over the sexual assault of women.

The 23-year-old was shooting for a magazine when she was bashed and then raped by five men.

The incident comes just eight months after another 23-year-old woman was gang raped by a group of men in a moving bus in New Delhi.

Our South Asia correspondent Michael Edwards reports.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: The attack took place in an upmarket district of central Mumbai as the 23-year-old woman and a male colleague were taking photos of old buildings for a magazine.

Police say the pair were approached by a gang and told that they should not be there. The man was then tied up with a belt while the woman was raped repeatedly.

Police have vowed to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

Mumbai's police commissioner is Satyapal Singh.

SATYAPAL SINGH (translation): We detained around 12 people who were seen in the area acting suspiciously. Our crime branch is involved in the case now and I think we will catch the culprits.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: The woman is in hospital with serious injuries but is listed as being in a stable condition. Mumbai is regarded as one of India's safest cities but this attack has shocked its residents.

MUMBAI RESIDENT: We prided ourselves on living in a very safe city. But nowadays what is happening is not understandable to me; what is going through people's minds when they behave like this towards women, towards children, towards other people? So, is it because there are too many people in the city?

MICHAEL EDWARDS: India's main opposition party, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), has also seized on this latest attack, using it to again question the government's commitment to law and order.

Najma Heptulla is a senior BJP leader in Mumbai.

NAJMA HEPTULLA: Nobody is safe, no women is safe. I don't know what's happening; there is no fear of law in the minds of people because they don't get punished. They get away with it.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: The attack has resurrected memories of last year's Delhi gang rape where a 23-year old student died after being viciously bashed and assaulted.

Demonstrations are planned across India this weekend, just like they were last December in Delhi.

The victims seem to have certain things in common - their ages, both studied at university, and their attacks took place in relatively affluent areas in India's two main cities.

Those facts aren't lost on Amod Kanth, a former New Delhi police commissioner.

AMOD KANTH: The chances of publicity, the chances of media catching it, is much more when it comes to the crimes against the middle class or higher classes. The lower class women, they suffer silently. They go into anonymity. They are suppressed - it is not known, it's not reported.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: The trial of the four adults accused in the Delhi gang rape case is due to wrap up soon.

The verdict in the case of the juvenile is set to be handed down later this month.

This is Michael Edwards reporting from New Delhi for AM.