Datia (MP): In a major embarrassment to the Madhya Pradesh government, a Swiss woman was allegedly gang-raped by eight unidentified people in Datia district of the state.

Twenty people have been detained on the basis of suspicion and are being questioned in connection with the incident, DIG(Chambal range) D K Arya said. A rape case has been registered, police said, adding that seven to eight unidentified persons were involved in the crime. No arrest has been made so far. The incident took place at Jharia village, eight km near Datia town, at around 9pm last night when the 39-year-old woman along with her husband was touring the region on a bicycle as part of their India tour.
     
The couple--who are adventure tourists-- was camping at a forest area for the night while on their way back from Orchha, home to temples of Lord Ram, and were proceeding to Agra when they were attacked. The woman was allegedly gang-raped in the presence of her husband, police said. The victim was rushed to Gwalior, about 100 km from here, and her medical tests in a hospital have confirmed rape, police sources said.
     
"They(the couple) were coming from Orchha on a bicycle and they decided to stay in a forest. A lot of tourists throng the area. They were beaten up by a few people who took away their laptops," said M L Dhody, a Sub-Divisional police officer. "We are scouring the forest area in search of those involved in the crime," Datia SP C S Solanki said.
      
The Chairperson of National Commission for Women Mamta Sharma said the MP government should take the incident very seriously and demanded strictest punishment to the culprits. Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly Ajay Singh said the incident was a "blot" on the BJP government's name and also put the state in poor light abroad.

Are Foreign Women Safe In India?

February 01, 2013: A South Korean student holidaying in India was allegedly drugged and raped by the son of a hotel owner as she visited a tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

January 30, 2013: A 23-year-old Chinese woman was allegedly raped by a man whom she had met in a party.

November 05, 2012: A 27-year-old Spanish national with German parentage was allegedly raped and robbed of money and valuables by an intruder who entered her house through a window in her building in suburban Bandra in the wee hours.

April 5, 2012: A foreign national was found murdered in mysterious circumstances in a guesthouse in Paharganj area of Delhi.

January, 2011: A 25-year-old foreign national, a student at a Pune alleged a rape against her boyfriend after he refused to marry her.

June 25, 2010: Two dutch women tourists were allegedly raped several times in last five months by two men posing as tourist guides who also robbed them of their money.

April 16, 2010: A 25-year-old Japanese tourist was gang-raped by five persons at Amwan village near Bodh Gaya on April 16, 2010.

January 26, 2010: A nine-year-old Russian girl was raped by an unidentified man at Arambol beach in North Goa.

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EU urges ‘common solution’ to India-Italy row

Brussels: The European Union has said it hoped for a "common solution" to the dispute between India and Italy over Rome's decision not to return the marines who are facing trial in New Delhi for killing two Indian fishermen.

"The EU is taking note of the disputes between India and Italy and continues to hope that a common solution can be reached through negotiation," Catherine Ashton, a spokesperson for EU foreign affairs representative, was quoted as saying by Italian newspaper Gazzetta del Sud on Friday.

India and Italy are in the midst of a diplomatic row after Rome reneged on its commitment to send back its two marines, who were allowed by the Supreme Court on February 22 to go to Italy for four weeks for voting in election.

India is in the process of downgrading its diplomatic ties and decided not to post the Ambassador-designate to Rome who was to assume the charge by next week. The Indian government had this week announced decision to initiate review of entire gamut of relations with Italy which includes diplomatic, trade and defence ties apart from reaching out to the European Union, which was briefed on India's views and position in the matter.

The marines face trial in a special Indian court for shooting and killing two Indian fisherman – Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki - while guarding an Italian oil tanker off the coast of Kerala last February. The Italian government claims India does not have jurisdiction in the case as the incident took place in international waters.