Swiss tourist gang-raped in India

Woman and her husband both beaten up as they camped in a forest

James Legge
Saturday 16 March 2013 15:44
Indians protests against all-too-common gang-rapes in their country
Indians protests against all-too-common gang-rapes in their country

A Swiss tourist was raped in India by eight men last night, police have confirmed.

Police detained and questioned 13 men, but five were released.

The country was outraged last year by the fatal gang-rape of a medical student on a moving bus in the capital, New Delhi. The attack set off nationwide protests about India's treatment of women and pressured the government into hurrying through new legal protections

Last night's attackers struck while the woman and her husband camped in a forest in Madhya Pradesh state after cycling from the temple town of Orchha.

According to local police officer RK Gurjar, they beat the man and raped the woman. They stole the couple's mobile phone, a laptop and 10,000 rupees (£120).

The woman was treated at a hospital in the nearby city of Gwalior, Gurjar said, adding that she and her husband apparently suffered no major injuries.

A photo showed the woman — her identity concealed with a hood — walking while being escorted by police to the hospital.

For further reading see

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