Swiss tourist partially to blame for gang rape, Indian police say as six men appear in court for attack

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As six men accused of raping a Swiss tourist who was cycling with her husband in central India appeared in court, there is growing outrage after both police and a government official blamed the victim for the brutal attack.

A spokesperson for the state police sparked anger after seemingly saying the Swiss woman and her husband where partially to blame for the attack, calling them careless for travelling to a remote part of the country.

“No one stops there,” Madhya Pradesh police Inspector Avnesh Kumar Budholiya said, according to The Independent. “Why did they choose that place? They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They would have passed a police station on the way to the area they camped. They should have stopped and asked about places to sleep.”

Those comments were echoed by the state government’s home minister who said tourists were putting themselves at…

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