Indian police say 5 admit to raping Swiss tourist

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 17 at 9:33 PM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say five men have been arrested and have confessed to raping a Swiss woman who was attacked in central India while on a cycling vacation with her husband.

Two other suspects are being sought.

The five men arrested in Datia on Sunday are from villages near where the attack occurred Friday night as the Swiss couple camped in a forest in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh state.

Police say the couple told officers that the woman had been raped by seven or eight men, but that it was dark and they could not be sure of the exact number. They said the husband also was attacked by the men.

The woman was treated Saturday at a hospital in a nearby city and was released later that day. The couple was heading to the Indian capital of New Delhi, about 250 miles to the north, later Sunday.

The attack was front-page news in Indian newspapers and happened three months after the fatal gang rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus, an attack that spurred outrage over the treatment of women in Indian society and the country's justice system.

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