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Swiss woman gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh, India

Police say a Swiss national was gang-raped whilst on a camping holiday with her husband in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Madhya Pradesh Police arrested five men yesterday in connection with the attack on the couple, which took place Friday evening.

A gang allegedly beat the woman and her husband, as well as stealing a laptop, a mobile phone, and about ₹10,000 (US$ 185) in cash. The woman, reportedly age 39, was taken to a nearby hospital in the city of Gwalior. Police said she has not suffered any major injuries and medical evidence confirmed rape.

The Madhya Pradesh Police recovered the stolen laptop and mobile phone. Deputy Inspector General D K Arya said, “We have arrested five persons who raped the Swiss woman and recovered her mobile and laptop”. The accused are named as Baba Kanjar, Bhutha Kanjar, Rampro Kanjar, Gaza Kanjar and Vishnu Kanjar.Police superintendent Chandra Shekhar Solanki said the accused appeared in court with covered faces.

A local police official, S M Afzal, stated the attackers “tied up the man and raped the woman in his presence”. Sub-divisional police officer ML Dhody said, “They were coming from Orchha on a bicycle and they decided to stay in a forest. A lot of tourists throng the area. They were beaten up by a few people who took away their laptops”.

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