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India court convicts 5 men in Mumbai gang rapes

NEW DELHI--An Indian court convicted five men Thursday for raping a photojournalist and a call-center operator last summer inside an abandoned textile mill in the financial hub of Mumbai, cases that renewed calls to wipe out the scourge of sexual violence in India.

The rapes happened about a month apart in the same abandoned mill in the Lower Parel section of Mumbai. Three of the men were convicted in both cases. The women cannot be identified under Indian law.

“(I) hope this verdict will act as a deterrent,” said Maharashtra Home Minister R. R. Patil. saying the cases were tried in the “fastest possible time.”

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