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Five Arrested Over Tourist Gang Rape In India
Five villagers in India have confessed to the gang rape of a Swiss tourist, according to police.
The woman was on a cycling holiday with her husband in the impoverished state of Madhya Pradesh state when they were attacked.
The five men were all arrested after they admitted to the crime.
Senior police officer D K Arya said detectives were searching for two more men involved in the attack.
The couple told police that 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, Mr Arya said.
The alleged rapists live in a village near the forested area where the couple had stopped to camp for the night.
They were en route to the popular tourist destination of Agra in northern India.
"They were passing by, noticed the couple putting up their tent and saw an opportunity to attack and rape the woman," local police official M S Dhodee said.
It is believed the man was beaten and tied to a tree while his wife was sexually assaulted.
The woman, who is thought to be around 39, was treated in hospital but released on Saturday.
The Swiss embassy said it was in touch with local authorities in Madhya Pradesh and has urged a "swift investigation and for justice to be done".
The attack comes just a few days after the man accused of leading the fatal gang rape of a student on a New Delhi bus was found hanged in his prison cell.
Police say Ram Singh took his own life in the high-security Tihar jail, where he had been on suicide watch in an isolated cell.
The case made headlines around the world and raised the issue of sexual violence against women in India.
The student's internal injuries were so horrific she died two weeks later in a hospital in Singapore despite surgery to try to save her.
Four other men and a juvenile are on trial for that attack.
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.
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what do you think?
What is the point of having the facility to comment on this site if you are dictated to as to what words (non swear words) you use! Pointless.
Frustrating isn't it
What makes it worse is that there is no logic or reason behind it.
Nutty - try referring to f*nd raising for charity - fu*d is not allowed! Neither is g*y, although it will have been used in the article you are commenting about. Grrr!
Adam, Some people can't stand the TRUTH,i have had load's of comments rejected for telling it how it is WITHOUT swear words.
Just find another way to say it adam. All of us get comments removed sometimes and for the life of us cannot work out why. Makes us more creative!
Capital punishment for any man who would harm a woman.And given Hindu theology after death, give the souls of the guilty to the Goddess Kali - Ma, she who torments and punishes those who have harmed women or children. Only cowards hurt women
I cant read or hear the name kali-ma mentioned with out suddenly feeling the urge to go all indiana jones and the temple of doom
Which is a shame actually when you come to think of it
We hear about to rapes/murders of tourists visting/travelling in 'popular' Asian countries - like India, Thailand, young women on beaches being raped by local 'fishermen'. Not much reporting about commonplace indigenous raping. perhaps its just an accepted way of life? Not a good place to let your daughter just go wandering! Not a good idea to go camping next to poor villages.
The shame most clearly lies with the rapist, not the victim. These people need educating fast. Watch this space - there'll be a huge change during this generation now, thanks to these reports. It's just a shame people had to suffer until now.
I doubt it Movvi, they do not know any better, to them it is just a game