In brief: Second arrest made in rape of photographer
New Delhi – Police on Saturday arrested a second man in the gang rape of a young photojournalist in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, and said they had enough evidence to prosecute those responsible for a crime that has renewed public outcry over sexual violence in the country.
The victim, a 22-year-old Indian woman, remained in a hospital Saturday and was recovering well after being repeatedly raped by five men Thursday night in a deserted textile mill, said Mumbai’s police commissioner, Satyapal Singh.
The first suspect arrested, an unemployed 19-year-old man from south Mumbai, appeared in court Saturday and was ordered to remain in custody until Friday, police said. Dozens of protesters rallied and called for justice outside the court.
A second suspect was arrested before dawn Saturday and confessed to authorities about his involvement in the incident, Singh told reporters. Members of India’s elite crime unit were hunting three more suspects.
Curfew pushed back two hours in Egypt
Cairo – Egypt’s Cabinet on Saturday scaled back a nighttime curfew that has been in place since the military’s brutal crackdown on protests more than a week ago left hundreds dead.
The curfew, imposed on 14 provinces, will now begin at 9 p.m., two hours later, state-run media reported. The decision was one of the first signs that the military-backed interim government may be relaxing its tight security grip as calm seems to be returning to the streets.
Crocodile suspected in man’s disappearance
Darwin, Australia – Police were searching a northern Australian river for a 24-year-old man suspected to have been snatched by a crocodile while swimming.
Police received reports Saturday afternoon that the man had been attacked by a crocodile while he swam at Mary River, an Outback tourist destination 70 miles southeast of the Northern Territory capital Darwin, police said.
Mary River Wilderness Retreat employee Erin Bayard said the missing man and his friend had ignored warnings not to go in the water.
“We say to everybody it’s full of crocs,” she said. “It’s one of the most populated rivers in the Territory. Every couple of kilometers, there is a large croc.”