Swiss woman must share responsibility for attack, say cops

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 10:30 hrs

New Delhi: The Embassy of Switzerland on Monday said the 39-year-old woman who was gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh's Datia District recently, is recovering from her traumatic experience in New Delhi just as angry reports poured in when a spokesperson for the Madhya Pradesh police suggested that the Swiss woman and her husband were partly to blame for the attack.

In a statement issued here, Switzerland's Ambassador to India, Dr Linus von Castelmur, said, "The Embassy confirms that the victims reached New Delhi in the early hours of March 17, 2013. They were provided medical assistance on their arrival and are currently recovering.

"While speaking to the Ambassador, the couple expressed their readiness to fully cooperate in the ongoing investigation and identification process. They will continue to stay in India for the moment.

"The Embassy thanks the Madhya Pradesh police for its cooperation."

The woman, a cyclist, was gang-raped after she and her husband were attacked while camping in Datia District on March 15.

Police said the couple had camped out in a forest in Madhya Pradesh after cycling from the temple town of Orchha.

Their attackers beat the couple and then gang-raped the woman.They also stole the couple's mobile phone, a laptop computer and 10,000 rupees.

Since the incident, Deputy Inspector General of Police D K Arya has revealed that six people were involved in the crime and five were arrested.

The five arrested have been identified as Bhutha (25), Rampro (25), Gaza alias Brijesh (25), Vishnu (25), Kanjar Baba (20) - all residents of Kanjar Tola settlement in Jharia village.

Police said efforts were on to arrest the sixth accused, Nitin Kumar (24).

None of them have a criminal record, the police said. 

'At the wrong place, at the wrong time'

However, despite efforts to apprehend the accused, the police have tried to shift the blame on the Swiss couple by saying they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

According to a report on The Independent, Inspector Avnesh Kumar Budholiya was quoted as saying that the couple should never have been at that remote place. He said they were careless and were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

He added that the couple should have stopped at a police station and asked for places to camp, since no one ventures out to such remote places.

MP Assembly adjourned over gangrape issue

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly was today adjourned for the day following ruckus by Opposition Congress demanding Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta's resignation on the issue of gangrape of a Swiss woman in Datia district on March 15.

As the House assembled for the day, Congress members, led by Deputy Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, dressed in black clothes bearing the caption "MP number one in rape cases," created bedlam raising slogans against government and demanded the minister's resignation.

However, Industries Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and Panchayat Minister Gopal Bhargava opposed the Congress members and requested them to allow the Question Hour to proceed.

But Congress members then reached the well of the House raising slogans while pressing for Gupta's resignation.

Intervening in the matter, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it was an important issue and the government is ready for the discussion.

However, Congress members insisted that the matter will be taken up only after the Home Minister resigns from his post.

When the Congress members did not relent and persisted with their demand, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani first adjourned the House for half-an-hour.

Later, when the House resumed, the Opposition members again created an uprorar following which the Speaker adjourned it till 11.30 AM.

When the House assembled after the Question Hour, Congress members again raised the issue of Gupta's resignation vociferously and amid the din, the Speaker transacted the listed business without any discussion.

Later, when the Opposition did not heed to the Chair's request for order, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.

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