6 Men Arrested in India Gang Rape of Swiss Tourist

Swiss embassy is pressing for 'swift justice' in attack

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 17, 2013 5:49 AM CDT | Updated Mar 18, 2013 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Six men have been arrested in the gang rape of a Swiss tourist in India, CNN reports; five "have confessed to gang-raping the woman and attacking her husband," says a police spokesman, per Sky News. The couple were touring the country by bicycle when spotted by the attackers, police say. "They were passing by, noticed the couple putting up their tent, and saw an opportunity to attack and rape the woman," says the spokesman. Police have recovered valuables belonging to the couple, CNN notes. Charges are pending, and the Swiss embassy is calling for a "swift investigation and for justice to be done" in the attack, the latest high-profile instance of sexual violence in India.

Indian children participate in a protest against child abuse and rising crimes against women, in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Indian children participate in a protest against child abuse and rising crimes against women, in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, March 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
Indian children participate in a protest against child abuse and rising crimes against women, in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Indian children participate in a protest against child abuse and rising crimes against women, in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, March 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
A Swiss woman who police say was gang-raped while touring by bicycle is escorted for a medical exam in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Saturday, March 16, 2013.
A Swiss woman who police say was gang-raped while touring by bicycle is escorted for a medical exam in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Saturday, March 16, 2013.   (AP Photo)
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