Gwalior, Mar 17: Chambal Police have identified four culprits on Sunday involved in the gang rape of a Swiss national in a forest area, where she was camping with her husband.
“The accused will soon be arrested. They will be cross-examined and the stolen valuables will be returned. We will conduct a DNA test of the accused to confirm the rape and after the investigation is completed, they will be punished for the crime,” said Dilip Arya, Deputy Inspector General, Chambal Range.
Four men raped a 39-year-old Swiss woman camping with her husband in a forest, police said on Saturday, turning the spotlight anew on the security of women in the world’s largest democracy.
The attack on Friday night in central Madhya Pradesh state comes three months after a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was gang-raped and beaten in a moving bus and thrown bleeding on to the street in a case that sparked outrage in the country. She died later in hospital in Singapore.
The Swiss woman and her husband were touring the state by bicycle and were camping overnight in the forest.
Seven men attacked the couple in their tent and four of them raped the woman. They also stole their valuables.
The police have identified the accused as residents of a village near to the forest. After questioning the locals of the village it was revealed that the culprits had eve-teased the Swiss woman but after being scolded by her husband they had retracted.
It was only later in the night, they attacked their camp and committed the crime.
The woman was taken to Gwalior city of the state for medical examination and has since been discharged from hospital. No arrests have been made.
“After the report was filed last night, we tried for a medical examination of the victim, but as there are no female doctors in Datia, the victim was sent to Gwalior for medical examination. The tests on her were conducted there,” said a police officer, N. K. S. Gurjar, Datia district.
One woman is raped every 20 minutes in the country, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. But police estimate only four out of 10 rapes are reported, largely due to victims’ fear of being shamed by their families and communities.
After the physiotherapy student was raped and beaten in Delhi last December, millions took to the streets demanding the death penalty for her attackers and official action to reduce the number of assaults on women.
Four men and a juvenile are on trial for that attack. A sixth defendant, who police say was the ringleader, was found dead in his cell on Monday. (ANI)