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Monday, March 18, 2013

AdilanClub: Swiss tourist gang raped in front of husband in India

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Investigation: The Swiss woman who was allegedly attacked (centre), is escorted by policewomen for a medical examination at a hospital in Gwalior, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh

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Police have detained 20 men after a gang allegedly raped a Swiss woman and beat her husband with sticks while they were holidaying in India.

No arrests have been made so far but police are questioning the men in connection with the attack in Madhya Pradesh on Friday night.

A senior officer said the couple told police the woman had been raped by seven or eight men, but that it was dark and they could not be sure of the exact number.

Police have registered a case of rape against seven unidentified men and were searching nearby villages, he said.

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The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus outraged Indians and spurred the government to pass laws to protect women.

The couple were on a three-month holiday in India.

They had visited the temple town of Orchha and were planning to cycle to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, the monument to love, nearly 130 miles away.

They set out from Orchha on Friday and had pitched their tent in a forest near Jatia village when they were attacked by a group of men armed with wooden sticks.

The men beat up the husband, tied him to a tree and then raped the woman, police said.

The Swiss ambassador in India, Linus von Castelmur, has spoken to the couple and has demanded a swift probe of the incident.

Mr von Castelmur said he was 'most distressed' by the incident and had assured the couple of all help and support.

'Their health and treatment is the priority of the moment,' the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy said it was in touch with local authorities in Madhya Pradesh and has urged a 'swift investigation and for justice to be done.'

Police said the gang then stole the pair's belongings and fled, Independent Online reported.

The Swiss woman was taken to hospital, where medical examinations proved she had been raped, The News Tribe reported.

CS Solanki said eight people have been questioned in connection with the incident, but officers are still searching for all of the attackers.

And in a shocking turn of events the woman was paraded through a staring crowd as photographers jostled to take her pictures, mere hours after she had been attacked.

Cloaked with a towel to cover her face and head, two female police officers gripped the victim's arms as she was taken to hospital for a medical examination.

Her picture was taken as she was pulled through the swarm of people.

One woman is raped every 20 minutes in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

But police estimate only four out of 10 rapes are reported, largely due to victims' fear of being shamed by their families and communities.

The diplomats called on Indian authorities 'to do everything to quickly find the perpetrators so that they can be held accountable,' Renz said in a statement.

Last month, the Swiss government issued a travel notice for India that included a warning about 'increasing numbers of rapes and other sexual offenses' in the South Asian nation.

In January a woman was travelling to her in-laws' home in Punjab when she was allegedly snatched and driven to a district bordering Amritsar, the Sikh holy city.

Five men joined the driver and conductor, who had taken her by motorbike to an unknown address, and took turns to rape the 29-year-old.

They dumped her near her in-laws' village the next morning where she told relatives of her ordeal, police said.

Six men were arrested and a seventh was on the run from police, officers said.

A 14-year-old schoolgirl was put on life support in hospital after being brutally gang-raped in rural India in late January.

Police had failed to make any arrests since the horrific attack in the Jalandhar district of Punjab ten days after the attack.


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