Two suspects have been arrested in the rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist, Indian police officials say.
One of the accused, the alleged ring leader of the gang rape, was involved in two previous murder cases, The Times of India reports. The other arrestee was said to have been found with some of the victim’s belongings.
The Times of India reports that the attack was carried out by eight to nine men who took turns raping the woman for more than three hours. Two of the men reportedly raped her twice.
According to a police statement obtained by The Times of India, the woman said she had taken a wrong turn and approached a group of men asked for directions to get back to her hotel. She said she was then forced into a small garden where a group of men were drinking. The men brandished a knife, stole her belongings and began fondling her.
“When I resisted, they threatened to stab me. I pleaded with them not to harm me," she said in the statement, according to The Times of India.
The woman reportedly refused a medical test. She returned to Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, an official at the Foreign Ministry, told DR Nyheder that help would be offered to the woman upon her return. He said that the Foreign Ministry was doing everything it could to help her.
“We see this as a very serious case,” Mikkelsen said. “Luckily it is rare that such a brutal attack takes place against a Dane abroad. Via the embassy in India we are in close contact with the Indian police.”