After the Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta blamed a Swiss woman who was gangraped in the state, for not informing the authorities about her whereabouts, the Chief Minister of the state, Shivraj Singh Chouhan also echoed the same sentiment, saying that the Swiss couple should have informed the police about their movement so that they could have been provided with adequate protection.
Daily Bhaskar.com reported that the opposition is already demanding the resignation of the Home Minister for not only being unable to provide protection but also to for his ‘insensitive’ comment on the case.
Earlier today, Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta had said “What happened is unfortunate for our nation. When foreign tourists come, they should inform the SP (Superintendent of Police) about their plans. This is the system but it is not being followed..”
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 15 March. The Minister said they will be taking steps to ensure such incidents do not recur.
“They had their tent in the outer area of the city but the incident should not happen, so we will think what more can be done for foreign tourists,” Uma Shankar Gupta added.
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.