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Indian police arrest all seven suspects of raping Brazilian woman

Indian police have arrested all seven suspects of raping a Brazilian tourist, authorities said on Tuesday (5), in a case that has thrown new spotlight on the endemic problem of sexual violence against women in the country.

On Saturday, police announced that three men had been arrested in connection with the case and that they were looking for four more suspects.

Dumka District Deputy Commissioner Anjaneyulu Dodde confirmed to CNN this Tuesday that the other four suspects had already been detained.

The couple, who were traveling by motorbike from West Bengal state to neighboring Nepal, were found on Friday night by police officers on patrol, said Pitambar Singh Kherwar, superintendent of Dumka district police in Jharkhand state.

They were taken to the hospital, where the woman told the doctor that she had been raped.

Police have identified the wanted suspects and formed a special investigation team, Kherwar said.

The National Commission for Women of India (NCW) condemned the episode.

NCW President Rekha Sharma spoke to the victim and extended all necessary assistance, the organization posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday.

Jharkhand minister Mithilesh Kumar Thakur called it a “condemnable incident”.

“If a crime has been committed, the guilty will not be spared,” he said on Saturday.

India has struggled for years to combat high rates of violence against women, with a series of high-profile rape cases involving foreign visitors drawing international attention to the issue.

In 2018, a British woman was allegedly raped while walking to her hotel in the western state of Goa, a popular tourist destination; two years earlier, an American woman was allegedly drugged and raped by a group of men in her five-star hotel room in New Delhi. And in 2013, six men were sentenced to life in prison for the gang rape of a Swiss tourist.

According to India's National Crime Records Bureau, a total of 31,516 rape cases were recorded in 2021, an average of 86 cases per day.

And experts warn that the number of recorded cases is just a small fraction of what the real number may be, in a deeply patriarchal country where shame and stigma surround rape victims and their families.

Source: CNN Brasil

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