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Swiss tourist gang-raped in central India

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:50 p.m. HST, Mar 16, 2013

NEW DELHI » A Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men, police said today. The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus outraged Indians.

Authorities detained and questioned 13 men in connection with the latest attack, which occurred Friday night as the couple camped out in a forest in Madhya Pradesh state after bicycling from the temple town of Orchha, local police officer R.K. Gurjar said.

The men beat the couple and gang-raped the woman, he said. They also stole the couple's mobile phone, a laptop computer and $185.

The woman, 39, was treated at a hospital in the nearby city of Gwalior, Gurjar said.

A photo showed the woman walking while being escorted by police to the hospital. Her face was concealed with a hood, a common practice in India, where law does not allow rape victims to be identified publicly to protect them from the stigma attached to rape in the conservative country.

Police detained 13 men and questioned them, Gurjar said. Six of the men were released after questioning. No other details were immediately available.

Indian television stations showed scores of police searching the forest where the attack occurred.

Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman Tilman Renz described the case as "deeply disturbing" and said Swiss diplomats were assisting the couple.

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.

India has seen outrage and widespread protests against attacks on women since December's fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, the capital. The crime horrified Indians and set off nationwide protests about India's treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.

One of six suspects in the December attack was found dead in a New Delhi jail this past week. Authorities said he hanged himself, but his family and lawyer insisted foul play was involved. A magistrate is investigating. Four other men and a juvenile remain on trial for the attack.

Associated Press writer Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.

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on March 16,2013 | 03:35AM
cojef wrote:
Ditto, especially after the recent news account of gang rapes in India. Stay away from India, if enough tourist stay away, the local Government will get the message and completely revamp their rape laws and jack-up police protection for women local and foreign.
on March 16,2013 | 07:10AM
false wrote:
Reality, there are communities where women are as valued as animals and so men act like animals. Best to stay away from those countries and communities. As their numbers grow on our streets we know better than to travel unescorted at night or around town. The color of the community has become more shallow over time. Slom is correct, their are low lifes all around us.
on March 16,2013 | 07:40AM
foursun wrote:
agreed, dangerous riding alone just like here in Hawaii
on March 16,2013 | 06:09PM
SteveToo wrote:
Anyone living in a 1st world country is NUTS for visiting a 3rd world country. Me I won't even go to Canada. Don't even like to leave O`ahu.
on March 16,2013 | 08:12AM
hilocal wrote:
SteveToo, Canada is far safer than parts of O'ahu and the U.S.
on March 17,2013 | 08:35AM
bumbye wrote:
What's wrong with India?
on March 16,2013 | 08:30AM
scoobydoo wrote:
Cow's are more protected than women and girl's.
on March 16,2013 | 10:19AM
foursun wrote:
Asian influence creates an atmosphere of sexism and mistreatment of women and even rewards it. Women out here know this.
on March 16,2013 | 06:13PM
sak wrote:
Especially without your friend "Walter, or Smith and Wesson, Glock" to help in such a situation.
on March 16,2013 | 08:30AM
50skane wrote:
In their old customs women had only a little more rights and dignity than dogs so it seems that a whole lot of men over there still think that way. Only way to break that thinking now is to punish severely with the death penalty so they think about it a little more before they decide to rape the hell out of a innocent woman or girl.
on March 16,2013 | 10:52AM
foursun wrote:
Tragic event, but people shouldn't ride alone in dangerous areas. India is not very different from the streets of Hawaii! Beware
on March 16,2013 | 05:01PM
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