Five men have been arrested in India and charged with kidnapping as well as repeatedly raping a Japanese student. BBC reports:
Police in the eastern city of Calcutta say the assaults took place over a period of more than a month from 23 November and in at least two locations.
They say an organised gang is suspected of targeting single women tourists. Increasing numbers of rape cases are being reported and highlighted in India, prompting widespread outrage.
Pallav Kanti Ghosh, a Calcutta police commissioner, told BBC Hindi that two of the men – said to be brothers – approached the 23-year-old victim as tourist guides after she arrived in the city and checked into a hotel in an area popular with foreign tourists. “One of the men spoke very fluent Japanese,” he said. “They said: ‘We are guides and want to take you sight-seeing.’
“They took her to Digha [a beach resort in West Bengal state] on 23 November. There they sexually assaulted her and robbed her of 76,000 rupees [£1,200] using her ATM card.” She was then taken to Bodh Gaya, the holiest site of Buddhism and a major pilgrimage and tourist centre.