Arrests Made in Alleged Gang Rape of Swiss Tourist in India

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0  Updated at 2:43 am, March 18th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) — Police in India claim they have five men in custody who apparently confessed to gang raping a Swiss tourist last Friday.

The country is still in an uproar over the fatal gang rape of a local woman three months ago.  Sex assaults by multiple perpetrators have spurred widespread calls for more action by the Indian government to protect women.

In the latest incident, the 39-year-old Swiss woman was attacked at a campsite outside the temple town of Orchha while she and her husband were on a cycling trip through the country.

According to the couple, a gang of men beat the husband and then forced him to watch as his wife was raped by the suspects.  They also allegedly took money and a laptop from the couple.

The woman has since been treated at a hospital and released.  In the meantime, police in central Madya Pradesh state said they detained 20 men and obtained confessions from five of them.

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