Six Men Held Over Gang-Rape Of Swiss Tourist In Madhya Pradesh, India, As Minister Appears To Blame Victim For Attack


Six men have been arrested in connection with the gang rape of a Swiss tourist as she holidayed in India with her husband.

The men will appear before magistrates on Monday, a senior police official told Reuters.

She was attacked and gang raped in front of her husband, who had been tied to a tree the Associated Press reported.

The unnamed Swiss woman is escorted by police women for a medical examination at a hospital

There have been protests and calls for the resignation of one Indian Minister who appeared to blame the woman for not informing police of her movements while in the country, the Hindustan Times said.

Umar Shankar Gupta, home minister for Madhya Pradesh, described the incident as “unfortunate” and added: “Foreign tourists should inform the SP [superintendent of police] about their plans. This system is not being followed.”

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.

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