Bhopal/Datia: Against the backdrop of gang-rape of a Swiss woman in Datia, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said his government would take all possible care of foreigners visiting the state.

Meanwhile, the six youths who allegedly gang-raped a Swiss woman were on Monday remanded in police custody for a day by a Madhya Pradesh court even as the victim along with her husband decided to stay in the country to help identify the culprits.

"The state government would take care of foreign visitors and keep track of their journey in the state," official sources said quoting Chouhan.

An effective system would be put in place for their better security and safety, he said.

Terming the gang-rape of a Swiss woman as "unfortunate, saddening and painful", Chouhan said all-out efforts would be made to curb crime against women in the state.

"Such efforts will continue in future also," the Chief Minister added.

Six accused remanded in police custody

The six accused were remanded in police custody for a day by a Madhya Pradesh court.

The accused, who were arrested on Sunday, were produced before Datia Chief Judicial Magistrate R P Yadav with their faces covered with black cloth and remanded in police custody for a day. Deputy Inspector General D K Arya said they will be further interrogated.

Police have recovered a 12-bore gun from the accused –all in the age group of 19-25 years who have been booked under sections of rape and loot, apart from the things they had robbed from the couple-- laptop, laptop-charger, mobile phone and Rs 5,500 cash.

Swiss couple to stay

The police are now waiting for the 39-year-old Swiss woman and her husband to return from New Delhi so that they can identify the accused and their own looted belongings.

A Swiss embassy statement in Delhi said that the couple were provided medical assistance on their arrival in the national capital and "are currently recovering".

"While speaking to Ambassador Linus von Castelmur, the couple expressed their readiness to fully cooperate in the ongoing investigation and identification process. They will continue to stay in India for the moment," it said.

Congress stages protest

Meanwhile, the March 15 incident rocked the Madhya Pradesh Assembly with opposition Congress demanding Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta's resignation and staging state-wide protests.

On Monday, Congress workers staged demonstrations at various district headquarters in the state today protesting against the gang-rape and demanding the resignation of the state Home Minister.

In the Assembly, Congress members, led by Deputy Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, dressed in black clothes bearing the caption "MP number one in rape cases," created bedlam raising slogans against government and demanded the minister's resignation.

They trooped into the well of the House raising slogans while pressing for Gupta's resignation.


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