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*TW* Swiss Tourist Gang-Raped in India While Camping With Her Husband

4:11 pm - 03/16/2013
NEW DELHI -- A Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men, police said Saturday. The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus outraged Indians.

Authorities detained and questioned 13 men in connection with the latest attack, which occurred Friday night as the couple camped out in a forest in Madhya Pradesh state after bicycling from the temple town of Orchha, local police officer R.K. Gurjar said.

The men beat the couple and gang-raped the woman, he said. They also stole the couple's mobile phone, a laptop computer and 10,000 rupees ($185).

The woman, 39, was treated at a hospital in the nearby city of Gwalior, Gurjar said.

A photo showed the woman walking while being escorted by police to the hospital. Her face was concealed with a hood, a common practice in India, where law does not allow rape victims to be identified publicly to protect them from the stigma attached to rape in the conservative country.

Police detained 13 men and questioned them, Gurjar said. Six of the men were released after questioning. No other details were immediately available.

Indian television stations showed scores of police searching the forest where the attack occurred.

Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman Tilman Renz described the case as "deeply disturbing" and said Swiss diplomats were assisting the couple.

The diplomats called on Indian authorities "to do everything to quickly find the perpetrators so that they can be held accountable," Renz said in a statement.

Last month, the Swiss government issued a travel notice for India that included a warning about "increasing numbers of rapes and other sexual offenses" in the South Asian nation.

India has seen outrage and widespread protests against attacks on women since December's fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, the capital. The crime horrified Indians and set off nationwide protests about India's treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.

One of six suspects in the December attack was found dead in a New Delhi jail this past week. Authorities said he hanged himself, but his family and lawyer insisted foul play was involved. A magistrate is investigating. Four other men and a juvenile remain on trial for the attack.


I just can't even. What the fuck, India? According to this article, now officials are punting the blame for this onto the victim and her husband.
apostle_of_eris 16th-Mar-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
The unusual part is that it was a tourist.
I have my fingers crossed that the increase in reports shows the beginning in a change of awareness.
moonshaz 16th-Mar-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
I SO hope you're right about that. Because otherwise.... *no words*
witheredsong 16th-Mar-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
This is rather sad for me to say, but rape of tourists, especially white tourists, is something that happens over and over again in India:


At this point, I just don't know what to feel or say. Except totally depressed and very very angry.
wikilobbying 17th-Mar-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
can we please not use people's trauma to paint it as if this is a problem distinct to india? and can we not reinforce the gross stereotype of "men of color rape white women"? like, you realize how many women, especially women of color, come to european and north american countries as tourists and immigrants only to be sexually abused, trafficked, and exploited, right? this is a problem with patriarchy and rape culture, which is nowhere near unique to india.
tabaqui 16th-Mar-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Fucking hell. Gotta say it - what the FUCK is wrong with men? Seriously, how can doing something that horrible to another human come into someone's mind? How can they be mid-attack, mid-rape, and not suddenly just...vomit? What the fuck?
spinnigold 16th-Mar-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
Because they don't see them as another human. The people they hurt are just 'objects' or 'lesser than'.
They just don't care.
redstar826 17th-Mar-2013 03:22 am (UTC)
yeah, it really is mind boggling. I don't get it either.
natyanayaki 17th-Mar-2013 07:42 am (UTC)
Honestly, I'll probably get flamed for this :-/, but I really think testosterone in (male) mammals makes them kind of...uncontrollable and cruel and less empathetic (and not, I'm not at all saying that that's an excuse). Lions when their focused on taking over a pride, elephants in musth, actually hyena females are far more aggressive, lacking in empathy, and crueler than males and female hyenas have greater amounts of testosterone (I don't remember if it's just during fetal development or both during fetal development and life, but I think it's the latter if I'm remembering some of the experiments done on fetal hyenas correctly) than male hyenas.
openpick 17th-Mar-2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
These are pretty much my exact thoughts every time before my mind just blanks out. I can't even begin to comprehend it and just end up feeling sick.
angelofdeath275 17th-Mar-2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Fucking white people. And fuck everyone who commented before me who did not catch this including the OP.

I'm not convinced at all that painting India and south Asian countries as a rape haven by these European countries is for the protection of women. It's nothing more than the ol troupe of animalistic savage brown men going after white women. A shit ton of rapes happen everywhere unfortunately but often go unreported. But now they seem to care because the victim is white. Not buyin that.

What happened to her was terrible and Im glad something is being done(thought the cynic in me thinks they won't find the rapist), but I'm not convinced this reporting of this incident is without any racist bs. What happened to that lady on the bus is fucking horrific, but that's exactly why it got so much attention.
natyanayaki 17th-Mar-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
I'm not convinced at all that painting India and south Asian countries as a rape haven by these European countries is for the protection of women. It's nothing more than the ol troupe of animalistic savage brown men going after white women. A shit ton of rapes happen everywhere unfortunately but often go unreported. But now they seem to care because the victim is white. Not buyin that.

That's a fair point, and that may definitely be a motivation on the parts of these European countries (especially Northern European countries that like to paint themselves as *oh so awesome*), but I don't think it's entirely accurate to dismiss the claims/dangers either. This is anecdotal (not any sort of scientific study), but based on my experiences in the West (in the US to be specific) and based on my experience in India, there really is no comparison.

I've lived in some areas that are stereotyped based on racial demographics (OMG black/hispanic men BE CAREFUL), and I know that in many cases those men are demonized based on their melanin concentration because honestly when in those areas I never felt less safe than when I lived in stereotypically safe (aka stereotypically white) areas. Sometimes I felt safer, in India the entire feeling is different. Males openly stalk and harass females in a way I've never experienced in the US, tease females in a way that I've never experienced in the US (other than when hanging out with lots of India-raised friends of mine...yes they got lots of lectures, but luckily rather than dismissing my lectures some of them actually took them to heart...I'm still friends with those guys), at clothing stores employees freely grope female customers when holding clothes up to check sizes(and they do it such that other won't realize what's going on, my parents and grandparents were standing right there, watching and the guy groped my ass, pinched my breasts, and I could tell that he was communicating of sorts with the other guys who worked at the shop, I was pissed off, threw a tantrum, declared that we couldn't purchase anything from that store -without explaining why- and stomped off, my mom and grandparents were pissed at me, luckily my dad had my back and refused to get anything from that store). And there are just so many other things...

I'm not saying that there is a sentiment of racial superiority, I know that exists, I have no illusions about racism in the West (including in European nations, no matter how many people try to convince me racism exists in the United States -which it does, obviously- but not in Europe). But I don't think it's as simple as saying that that's all that's going on.
silver_apples 17th-Mar-2013 03:55 am (UTC)
There's definitely an element of racism in the reporting: "How dare they do that to a white woman?" "Not even white woman are safe." But there's also a weird hospitality thing. You aren't supposed to attack tourists. They are guests. It's rude and makes you a bad host, and for some reason, that rudeness is worse than the crime itself. (Granted, some of the outrage from the tourists and tourists' country is a "I'm better than them, how dare they do this to me/someone like me" attitude. Because how they treat each other is their own business, but tourists expect to be treated like royalty.)
mimblexwimble 17th-Mar-2013 06:27 am (UTC)

All the comments on that post are wondering "what's wrong with Indians?" & "this is what happens in uneducated countries" & "why do we do business with a country like that?!" and how sick and backwards South Asian nations are...

It makes me sick that stories about rape in India receive SO MUCH outrage from the West, but there are still people who think the Steubenville case is a joke, and how she should have know not to drink around boys, or how she WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN SHE WAS RAPED IF IT WASN'T TAPED and all sorts of disgusting shit. And even those who are outraged never go, "What is wrong with American men?" "What a sick excuse for a country" etc., etc., etc.

There is so much disgusting racism in articles like these. (And calling it out does not mean I condone the incident.)
chaya 17th-Mar-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
A shit ton of rapes happen everywhere unfortunately but often go unreported.

This. Women get raped everywhere. Tourist women get raped everywhere.
kittenmommy 17th-Mar-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)

thought the cynic in me thinks they won't find the rapist

It was rapists</i>. Plural.

So horrible.
darlahood 17th-Mar-2013 03:03 am (UTC)
I was at a party last week and a woman I was talking to was like, "Oh I'd love to visit India! I love the art and culture!"

Couldn't help but think: Orientalism.
muggy_wump 17th-Mar-2013 09:30 am (UTC)
dasvedanyaanya 17th-Mar-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
You sound like an unpleasant person to talk to at a party.
rebness 17th-Mar-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, loving your misplaced and mean-spirited cynicism.
angelofdeath275 17th-Mar-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Lol @ these responses

I understand your apprehension when people say that because you don't what exactly they mean by that. You hope that they aren't fetishizing but at the same time but can't help but think it

But then can't expect folks to understand this
underlankers 17th-Mar-2013 03:45 am (UTC)
I would think that people gang-raping people is the problem, not that it's specifically *Indians* gang-raping people.
louisiane_fille 18th-Mar-2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
Now officials are putting the blame on the victim and her husband. I've edited the original post to include the link to the update.
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