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article imageSwiss tourist camping with her husband gang-raped in India

By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 16, 2013 in Crime
New Delhi - Police in India say that a Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men who attacked them wielding sticks.
The attack comes soon after the case of fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman aboard a bus in New Delhi that caused international outrage.
According to the CNN, the local deputy superintendent of police, R.S. Prajapati, said the couple was camping near a forest in Madhya Pradesh in the Datia district on Friday night when a group of men armed with sticks attacked and beat the husband, tied him up and gang-raped his 39-year-old wife.
The attackers were between five and seven, police said.
According to AFP, the Swiss couple was cycling to the famous Taj Mahal monument in Agra, northern India from the temple of Orchha. They stopped near a forest to camp for the night, a police source said.
A local police official S.M. Afzal told AFP that the men stole 10.000 rupees ($185), a laptop computer and a mobile phone from the woman.
Another local police officer R.K. Gurjar, told AP that the authorities have detained 13 men in connection with the incident. Six of the men were released after questioning.
AP reports that the couple was treated at a hospital in the nearby city of Gwalior. A photo showed the woman being escorted by police with a hood over her face to conceal her identity
CNN reports that the couple is staying at a guesthouse in the Datia district while investigations continue.
Indian television stations showed police officers searching the forest.
Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman Tilman Renz, said the case was "deeply disturbing." AFP reports that the Swiss foreign ministry in Bern, said: "We are deeply shocked by this tragic incident suffered by a Swiss citizen and her partner in India."
The Swiss authorities called on the Indian authorities "to do everything to quickly find the perpetrators so that they can be held accountable."
Following recent cases of violent sexual offenses in the country, the Swiss government had issued a travel notice for its citizens with a warning about "increasing numbers of rapes and other sexual offenses" in India.
Digital Journal reported the case of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a New Delhi bus. The incident led to nationwide outrage and protests demanding government action to protect women from sexual assault.
Indian legislators recently approved a new bill that makes rape punishable by a minimum of 20 years in jail and death penalty if the victim dies.
AFP reports that government crime statistics say one woman is raped every 20 minutes in India, but most cases are not reported because of the social stigma associated with it.
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