Swiss embassy calls for swift investigation into gang-rape of its national

Swiss embassy calls for swift investigation into gang-rape of its national
New Delhi Distressed over the gang-rape of its national in Madhya Pradesh, Switzerland today sought a "swift" investigation into the incident so that the victim gets justice.

Reacting strongly to the incident in which a Swiss citizen was gang-raped by seven persons on Friday night, the embassy said the health and treatment of the victim was the priority for them at the moment.

The Swiss embassy also got in touch with authorities in Madhya Pradesh and requested for speedy probe into the incident.

Swiss Ambassador Linus von Castelmur has already spoken to the victim and assured her of all help.

"The Embassy is most distressed with the gang-rape of a Swiss national in Madhya Pradesh. The Ambassador has been able to speak to the victim and her partner and has assured them of all possible support. Their health and treatment is the priority of the moment.

"The embassy has also been in touch with the local authorities and has requested for swift investigation and for justice to be done," the Swiss embassy said in a statement.

The 39-year-old Swiss female tourist, on a cycling trip with her husband, was gang-raped by seven people in a forest area in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday night, police said.

The incident took place at Jharia village, eight km from Datia town, at around 9:30 pm.

Twenty people have already been detained on the basis of suspicion and are being questioned in connection with the incident, DIG (Chambal range) DK Arya said.
Story First Published: March 16, 2013 19:47 IST

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