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Mumbai: Rape not end of life, want to start work, says survivor

August 24, 2013 20:46 IST

Mumbai: Rape not end of life, want to start work, says survivor

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"Rape is not the end of life. I want strictest punishment for all the accused and want to join duty as early as possible".

This is the message the young photojournalist has sent out from her hospital bed to people who feel outraged at her gang rape by five men at the abandoned Shakti Mills compound near Mahalaxmi in central Mumbai on Thursday evening.

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Image: Members of the All Assam Photojournalist Association wear black sashes around their mouths during a protest against the rape of a photojournalist by five men in Mumbai
Photographs: Utpal Baruah/Reuters

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"She is recuperating from her injuries and trauma. She is still not completely out of trauma but she is composed," said Nirmala Samant Prabhawalkar, a member of the National Commission for Women who met the 22-year-old gang-rape victim convalescing at Jaslok Hospital.

Reflecting the toughness and strength of character, the journalist, working as an intern with an English magazine, also wants to be back on duty.

"I want to join duty as early as possible," the victim, who was sexually assaulted while on an assignment, told Prabhawalkar.


Image: A protest against the gang rape in south Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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