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Five arrested for gang rape of tourist

New gang rape case sparks state assembly uproar

Five arrested for gang rape of tourist
Police have arrested five men in connection with the case reporter, Bhopal

March 18, 2013

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Police in Madhya Pradesh say five people arrested for the alleged gang rape a Swiss tourist at the weekend have confessed to the crime.

“The accused confessed … during interrogation and the seizure of items stolen from the victim and her partner undoubtedly ties them to the crime,” a police spokesman said on Monday.

The suspects were to appear in court later on Monday, he said.

The 39-year-old victim and her partner were camping on Friday in a wooded area in the Datia district when six men forced their way into their tent. They allegedly raped the woman and attacked her partner with sticks.

The incident sparked protests outside the state assembly in Bhopal on Monday, by crowds demanding greater safety for women.

It also caused uproar in the assembly which had to be suspended after the opposition Congress party demanded the resignation of the home minister from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP-Indian People's Party).

Congress called the incident a blot on the image of the state globally and has launched protests in 50 state districts.

Police say the suspects, all aged about 25 from the village of Kanjar Tola, had been drinking illegally distilled alcohol near where the couple pitched their tent that night.

The couple were intending to cycle to the Taj Mahal in nearby Uttar Pradesh state.

The woman told police the accused beat her up and then four of them raped her in front of her partner, who was restrained by the other two men. They later fled with the couple’s laptop, mobile phones and 10,000 rupees (US$ 85).

Police are still hunting for the sixth  member of the group.

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