Sunday, January 4, 2015

Female Japanese Tourist In India Kidnapped and Gang-raped By 5 Men For Three Weeks

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A 23-year-old Japanese woman was allegedly kidnapped and gang raped by five men who subjected her to almost a month of sexual abuse in eastern India.

The woman, a student in Japan and visiting India for the first time, was lured to a house near a Buddhist shrine in Bihar state in November by a tour guide. There she says she was kept against her will and raped by five men.

After a month, she needed medical treatment and the men are said to have taken her to a nearby town from where she escaped. When she was able to make her way to Calcutta, she reported the incident to her embassy and the police.

Pallav Kanti Ghosh, a Calcutta police commissioner, told the BBC:

'One of the men spoke very fluent Japanese. They said: "We are guides and want to take you sight-seeing." They took her to Digha (a beach resort) on 23 November. There they sexually assaulted her and robbed her of 76,000 rupees [£1,200] using her ATM card.'

Police deputy superintendent Alok Kumar Singh says five men have been arrested in connection with the alleged abduction and gang rape. This includes tour guide brothers Sajid Khan, 32, and his 25-year-old brother Jawed Khan, DailyMail reports.

According to a preliminary investigation by detectives, the Japanese tourist was held hostage at gunpoint in an underground room close to the shrine, Three weeks later she was taken to Gaya, a larger town 10 miles away, for medical treatment, where she escaped. She made her way to Calcutta and sought help at the Japanese consulate on December 26.

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