NEW DELHI — Indian police officials said Sunday they have arrested six men for the gang rape of a Swiss woman who was cycling along central India’s tourist trail with her husband.
“All of them have confessed to have gang-raped her in a small forest area, ” the deputy inspector general of police D. K. Arya told reporters in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
The 39-year old Swiss woman and her husband were traveling by bicycle Friday to the city of Agra, site of the renowned 17th-century marble mausoleum the Taj Mahal. The couple pitched a tent in a jungle off the highway after sunset to rest during the night. But a group of men circled them, raped the woman, beat the husband with wooden sticks and stole their laptop, cell phone and cash.
Arya said police had recovered the stolen laptop and some cash from the men.
Meanwhile, the state’s home minister Uma Shankar Gupta appeared to shift the blame when he told reporters that foreign tourists must follow rules.