Police questions suspects in Swiss woman gangrape case

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 17, 2013 10:44 hrs

Bhopal: A number of suspects are being questioned in connection with the gangrape of a Swiss woman in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, police said today while expressing hope of solving the case soon.

The Swiss female tourist, on a cycling trip along with her husband, was allegedly gangraped by seven to eight men at a forest area in Datia district, on the night of March 15.

Over 20 people have been detained on the basis of suspicion and are being questioned in connection with the offence, DIG (Chambal Range) D K Arya told PTI today.

"We are questioning those detained so far and are hopeful of solving the case soon," the DIG said.

Meanwhile, Inspector General (Chambal Range), S M Afzal said that the female tourist has left for New Delhi for medical reasons.

Before leaving, the victim was asked to identify the accused among those detained by the police, but she did not recognise anyone of them, Afzal said, adding that no formal arrests have been made so far in the case.

The alleged offence took place at Jhadia village, eight kms from Datia town, at around 9 pm on March 15, when the 39-year-old woman along with her partner was touring the region on a bicycle as part of their India tour.

The couple--who are adventure tourists-- was camping at a forest area for the night while on their way back from Orchha, home to temples of Lord Ram, and were proceeding to Agra when they were attacked and looted by some persons who took away their laptops and other valuables.

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