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Swiss tourist gangraped in MP

Umesh Singh, Hindustan Times  Gwalior, March 16, 2013
First Published: 10:53 IST(16/3/2013) | Last Updated: 08:11 IST(17/3/2013)

A 38-year-old Swiss national, who was taking a bicycle tour through Madhya Pradesh, was gang-raped, beaten up and robbed at gunpoint by more than six men on Friday night.

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The victim, who resides in Lausanne, Switzerland, was with her husband when the horrific incident took place.

The two were cycling from Orchha, a heritage tourism spot, to Agra when they decided to camp in a jungle near Jhadia village.

Around 9pm, the criminals, mostly in their 20s, broke into their camp, handcuffed the husband and raped the woman. They then fled with their mobile phones, a laptop and Rs. 10,000.

Battered and bruised, the couple took a lift from a passerby and reached the police station in Datia district, from where they were taken to the hospital. A medical examination confirmed rape by multiple people.

Deputy inspector-general of police DK Arya said an operation had been launched to track down the criminals.

The Swiss embassy also got in touch with authorities in Madhya Pradesh and requested a 'swift' probe into the incident, which is likely to harm the image of the state, popularly called the 'Heart of Incredible India'.

The woman, a teacher, and her husband, a plumber, arrived in Mumbai from Iran on February 12 and were on a bicycle tour since then. They had avoided going to Pakistan, thinking it would be unsafe.


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