Sunday 17 December 2017

Six arrests after Swiss woman raped in India

Silke Koltrowitz Bhopal

Police have arrested six men accused of the gang-rape of a Swiss tourist who was camping with her husband in an Indian forest in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

All the accused will go before a magistrate today. Police have recovered the couple's valuables.

The assault on the 39-year-old Swiss woman on Friday night came three months after a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was gang-raped and beaten in a moving bus and thrown bleeding on to the street in a case that sparked outrage in the country. She died later in hospital in Singapore.

The latest incident has again turned the spotlight on the security of women in the world's largest democracy.

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 Swiss woman and her husband were touring the state and were camping overnight in the forest.

Dilip Arya, deputy inspector general of police, said on Saturday that seven men attacked the couple in their tent and four of them raped the woman.

However, police investigation later found out that only six people were involved.

Those arrested are Baba, Bhuta, Rampro, Bishnu, Gaja and Nitin. They all aged between 20 and 25 years and belong to a local tribe known as the Kanjar, Mr Arya said. They were also carrying a gun.

The woman and her husband have left the state and are now at the Swiss embassy in New Delhi.

Irish Independent

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