28 Year old Brazilian-Spanish Tourist Gang Raped by 7 Men in India

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The reported gang rape of a tourist with Brazilian-Spanish dual nationality in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has sparked widespread outrage.

The 28-year-old woman and her husband, who were traveling on a motorbike tour, had stopped for the night in Dumki district when the alleged attack occurred.

Police have stated that four men have been arrested, and they are actively searching for three more suspects. The identities of the accused, who also allegedly assaulted the woman’s partner, have not been disclosed.

The couple had been exploring various parts of Asia on their motorbikes before arriving in India a few months ago. Over the weekend, the woman posted a video on their Instagram page, which boasts 234,000 followers, detailing the harrowing incident.

“In Spanish, she stated, ‘Seven men raped me. They beat us and robbed us, although not much was taken because what they wanted was to rape me,'” recounting the ordeal where they were threatened with violence.

In a separate video, her Spanish husband recounted,

“My mouth is destroyed, but my partner is worse than me. They have hit me with the helmet several times, with a stone on the head. Thank goodness she was wearing the jacket and that stops the blows a little.”

The videos have since been removed from their page.

Dumka’s police superintendent, Pitamber Singh Kherwar, informed reporters that the couple flagged down a patrol van, which transported them to a local health center for medical attention.

“The couple were speaking in a mixture of English and Spanish so the patrolling team could not understand them initially. But they appeared visibly injured so they were taken for treatment,” he said, adding that the couple then told doctors about the alleged rape.

The Brazilian embassy in India told the BBC that the woman and her husband “were victims of a serious criminal attack”. The embassy said it had contacted the woman and local authorities as well as the Spanish embassy, as the couple had used Spanish passports to enter India.

“The Spanish embassy said that it had offered all the assistance available, including psychological care, but that the victims had declined the offer as they were already being looked after by the Indian emergency services,” the Brazilian embassy said, adding that it would continue to “monitor all developments”.

The BBC said it had sought comment from the Spanish embassy.

We need to stand united in our commitment to end violence against women everywhere in the world,” the Spanish embassy in India posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday.

Conversations surrounding rape and sexual violence in India gained prominence after the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi, leading to widespread protests and legal reforms. However, tens of thousands of rapes are reported annually, indicating a continued struggle in addressing the issue.

Over the weekend, numerous women shared accounts of experiencing unwanted sexual attention while traveling in India.

Rekha Sharma, chief of India’s National Commission for Women, faced criticism after responding to a post from a US journalist highlighting instances of sexual aggression in India. Sharma’s response led to backlash on social media.

Under the couple’s Instagram and YouTube videos, many have left comments expressing solidarity and sympathy.

Source: BBC


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