16/03/2013 10:10 GMT | Updated 16/03/2013 10:11 GMT

Swiss Tourist Gang-Raped In Madhya Pradesh, India

A Swiss tourist is in hospital after being gang raped in India as she holidayed with her husband.

The unnamed woman was on a cycling trip with her partner and they were camping in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh when seven or eight men attacked them.

According to the Times of India, they attacked her with canes and other weapons. Four of them held down her husband, while the others raped her in front of him, reported the BBC. The men then stole cameras, money and phones from the couple.

Eight persons have been rounded up on the basis of suspicion and are being questioned in connection with the case, an official told the Hindustan Times.

"We are scouring the forest area in search of those involved in the crime," he added.

The woman is reported to be 39 years old and is now conscious and talking to police in hospital.

The brutal gang rape and killing a 23-year-old student in New Delhi in December has brought violence against women to the top of the Indian social agenda.

It has galvanised the nation into action, with angry protesters accusing the government of not doing enough to tackle the danger.

Earlier this week, the 'ringleader' of the men accused of attacking the student is reported to have killed himself in prison. His family insist he was murdered.