Six appear in court in India over rape of Swiss woman
Woman was camping in a forest with her husband
A Swiss woman with her face covered is taken to a hospital by police for her medical examination at Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh March 16, 2013. Four men raped a 39-year-old Swiss woman camping with her husband in an Indian forest, police said on Saturday, turning the spotlight anew on the security of women in the world's largest democracy. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Six men accused of raping a Swiss tourist who was cycling with her husband in central India have appeared in court charged with gang rape.
The attack occurred Friday night as the couple camped in a forest in Datia district.
They 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.
The woman (39) and her husband were camping in dense forest about 400 yards from a road after visiting the temple town of Orchha when they were attacked.
“Their initial intention was to rob the couple,” said Syed Mohhamed Afjal, the inspector general of the police for the Chambal area of the state, in a telephone interview.
“They thought that foreigners may have a lot of money,” he said, but found only 10,000 Indian rupees (about €160), a cellphone and a laptop.
Then “their intentions changed,” he said, and several of the men raped the woman.
They were in India on three-month tourist visas, Arya said. The woman's name was not released, in keeping with Indian laws.
The episode is the latest example of violent sexual attacks on women in
Reported rapes have risen in recent years, and reports of gang rape are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in northern India.
In December, a 23-year-old student was raped by five men and a youth on a moving bus in New Delhi. She later died from her injuries. That attack prompted widespread protests in India and demands that the government do more to protect women.