We have been discussing the epidemic of rape in India, including the grotesque recent gang rape of a woman on a bus who died from internal injuries. The attitude of Indian officials has ranged from the disgusting to the bizarre. Now we can add the rape of a Swiss 39-year-old woman who was gang raped and her husband beaten up after camping near a Hindu temple. A spokesman for Madhya Pradesh police department promptly said that the woman and her husband brought on the rape by camping in the wrong spot. This week a British woman fractured both legs and suffered head injuries after jumping from her hotel window to escape being raped by the owner.
Six suspects have been arrested in the northern state of Madhya Pradesh. The couple was cycling and camping around India and had stopped near the village of Jhansi. Around 10 pm, the men came to the camp, beat up and tied up the husband, and proceeded to gang rape his wife in front of him.
The spokesman for Madhya Pradesh police blamed the couple and said “No one stops there. Why did they choose that place? They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They would have passed a police station on the way to the area they camped. They should have stopped and asked about places to sleep.”
Police have recovered 5,500 rupees (£67), a laptop and a mobile belonging to the couple — strengthening the case even further. The men allegedly operate an illegal distillery near the crime scene.