The Shakti Mills premises
Mumbai, Oct. 17: The photojournalist gang-raped in an abandoned textile mill compound today identified four of her tormentors but collapsed in court after a nearly four-hour deposition.
The 22-year-old, an intern with an English magazine, had appeared before principal judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi at the sessions court around 11.30 this morning.
“She was composed throughout her deposition. When she was almost coming to the end of her deposition around 4pm, she told the court that she felt nausea and fainted. We stopped the proceedings and she was taken to a hospital,” special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told The Telegraph.
Nikam described the young woman as “confident, articulate and narrative” and said she was “tense” during the deposition and at times requested small breaks.
The photojournalist, who was raped by five youths including a minor inside the abandoned Shakti Mills compound at Mahalaxmi on August 22 evening, identified four of the accused — Vijay Jadhav, Qasim Bangali, Salim Ansari and Siraj Rehman — who are above 18.
The fifth, a minor, has been lodged in a juvenile correctional facility after it was proved that he was 16 years old.
The rape survivor, who was accompanied by her mother to the court, also identified the porn video clip shown to her by the accused during the assault.
After she collapsed in the witness box, the court adjourned proceedings till tomorrow.
Her in-camera testimony is expected to continue if she is medically fit.
On August 22, the photojournalist and a male colleague had gone to the deserted textile mill on an assignment for the magazine.
The suspects, who posed as railway employees, accused them of trespassing on railway property, took them inside the mill, tied up the male colleague and then took turns to rape the intern.
Mumbai police had filed a 600-page chargesheet against the four adult suspects before the case was handed over to a fast-track court.
The trial began on Monday. The photojournalist’s mother broke down during her testimony before the court yesterday.