According to an AFP report, five villagers have confessed to raping the Swiss female tourists, says the police.
#BREAKING Five confess to gang-raping Swiss tourist in India: police
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) March 17, 2013
Meanwhile CNN-IBN has reported that three people have been arrested for the crime. The report states, Police arrested Vishnu Kanjar, Ram Kanjar, Gaza Kanjar from Datia district.
Datia: A Swiss female tourist on a cycling trip with her husband was gangraped by seven to eight people at a forest area in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, police said today.
Twenty people have been detained on the basis of suspicion and are being questioned in connection with the incident, DIG(Chambal range) D K Arya told PTI. A rape case has been registered, police said, adding that seven to eight unidentified persons were involved in the crime. No arrest has been made so far.
The incident took place at Jharia village, eight km near Datia town, at around 9pm last night when the 39-year-old woman along with her husband 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.
The woman was allegedly gangraped in the presence of her husband, police said. The victim was rushed to Gwalior, about 100 km from here, and her medical tests in a hospital have confirmed rape, police sources said.
"They(the couple) were coming from Orchha on a bicycle and they decided to stay in a forest. A lot of tourists throng the area. They were beaten up by a few people who took away their laptops," said M L Dhody, a Sub-Divisional police officer.
"We are scouring the forest area in search of those involved in the crime," Datia SP C S Solanki told PTI.
The Chairperson of National Commission for Women Mamta Sharma said the MP government should take the incident very seriously and demanded strictest punishment to the culprits.
Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly Ajay Singh said the incident was a "blot" on the BJP government's name and also put the state in poor light abroad.
According to Pune Mirror: "Director General of police Nandan Kumar Dubey said that suspects have been identified and they would be arrested at the earliest. The matter has also been reported to the centre and the Swiss embassy, he said. A spokesman for the Swiss embassy in New Delhi could not be reached for comment."
PTI with inputs from Pune Mirror