Indian police detain three accused of raping Brazilian-Spanish tourist

The couple said they had camped out near the site where they were attacked because they could not find hotels nearby

By REUTERS
March 04, 2024
This image shows Indian police personnel at an undisclosed location. — AFP/File

SAO PAULO/BENGALURU/BARCELONA: Indian police have detained three men and are searching for four others accused of attacking two tourists and gang-raping the woman, authorities and the couple said.

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Police found the couple, who are Spanish citizens, around 11 pm local time (1730 GMT) on Friday on a roadside, looking like they had suffered a beating, Pitamber Singh Kherwar, superintendent of police in Dumka in eastern India, told reporters on Saturday.

He did not give details on the crime or identify the victims, adding the two people told authorities “their modesty had been outraged”, in an incident involving seven men.

The couple, who identified themselves as Vicente and Fernanda to Spanish TV channel Antena 3, said in a video interview on Saturday that the men raped Fernanda and hit Vicente repeatedly.

The couple said they had camped out near the site where they were attacked because they could not find hotels nearby.

“They raped me, they took turns while some watched and they stayed like that for about two hours”, Fernanda, who has joint Brazilian-Spanish nationality, said in the interview.

In a new video, Vicente and Fernanda, who appears with bruises on her face, thanked their followers for the support.

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