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MUMBAI – In another shameful incident, a 28-year-old woman was gang-raped in the Indian city of Mumbai while she was out with her husband, looking for a house.

Police said the incident took place on Monday night. Seven men have been arrested in this case, while one is still on the run, according to the Amboli area police.

The accused were produced in the court on Tuesday and were sent to police remand till November 4.

Initial reports reveal the victim was looking for a house in Shamnagar slum area along with her husband.

On Monday night, the pair stayed at the place of the woman when the eight accused, belonging to the same area, raped her, the Times of India reported.

Following the appalling incident, the woman and her husband reached Amboli Police Station to lodge a complaint. The victim was discharged after being treated in a hospital.

Rape and gender crimes have been in the spotlight in India in recent years after the brutal gang rape and murder of a student in 2012 in Delhi.

In response, tough new anti-rape laws were introduced in the country.

However, brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.

At least 34,651 cases of rape were reported across India last year, according to the country’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

The statistics, released last month, showed that victims ranged from female children younger than six years old to women over 60 years, with those aged between 18 and 30 reporting the largest number of rape attacks – totalling almost 17,000.

Victims knew their alleged rapists in 33,098 of the 34,651 reported rape cases, or 95.5 percent, according to the figures, which also showed a slight decrease compared with the 36,735 rape cases reported in 2014.

There were also 4,437 cases of reported attempted rape last year. But rights workers say that the figures are likely not an accurate representation of the scale of the problem, as stigma surrounding sex crimes means many attacks are not reported.