After a Swiss woman was raped while cycle-touring with her husband in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the state Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta Sunday blamed the victim for not informing the local police about their movements in the state.
"What happened is unfortunate for our nation. When foreign tourists come, they should inform the SP (Superintendent of Police) about their plans. This is the system but it is not being followed," Uma Shankar Gupta told the reporters a day after the gang rape.
As paramount pressure summoned upon the local police with calls from the Swiss embassy in Delhi to the state government, six men were already arrested by the police in connection with the gang rape in which a group of seven or eight men allegedly raped the Swiss woman while tying up her husband to a nearby tree. The couple informed police that the victim was raped by around seven-eight people but wasn't sure about the exact number as the incident took place in a dark night.
"We have arrested six accused people who raped the Swiss woman and recovered her mobile phone," Inspector General SM Afzal of Madya Pradesh told a news agency.
The arrested were identified as Bhutha, Baba, Rampro, Gaza alias Brajesh, Nitin Kanjar and Vishnu Kanjar.
The incident took place at Jhadia village, eight Kilometers from Datia town in the state of Madhya Pradesh March 15 around 9 pm (local time), when the Swiss couple was touring the state as part of their India-tour.
The Swiss couple was attacked and looted when they were heading to Agra, one of India's major tourist centres from the ancient town of Datia in Madhya Pradesh.
While arresting six people, police Sunday recovered the couple's cell phone, laptop and torch from the group.
Assuring full justice to the victim, the Swiss embassy in the Indian capital urged the Indian authorities in the state to speed-fast the investigation in its citizen's rape case.
"The embassy is most distressed with the gang rape of a Swiss national in Madhya Pradesh. The Ambassador has been able to speak to the victim and her partner and has assured them of all possible support. Their health and treatment is the priority of the moment. The embassy has also been in touch with the local authorities and has requested for swift investigation and for justice to be done," said a Swiss embassy personnel in a statement.
The incident took place a few months after the Shocking Delhi gang rape where an Indian student was gang raped in a moving bus in the Indian capital city.
Every twenty-minutes, a woman gets raped in India according to the National Crime Records Bureau.
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