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Mar 30, 2013 at 07:39am IST

Swiss national gangrape: Trial in the case set to begin today

Datia: Nearly two weeks after a Swiss national was gangraped in Madhya Pradesh's Datia, the trial in the case is set to begin on Saturday. On Tuesday, the police filed the chargesheet against the six accused, who were arrested soon after the incident. In order to prove the charges against the accused, police said they would count more on the scientific evidence than traditional methods like identification parade.

"We will rely more on scientific evidence like DNA finger-printing, samples of hair and vaginal swab collected and examined in the case to nail the culprits in the court of law," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Chambal Range, DK Arya said. Police were unable to conduct the test identification parade (TIP) of the accused as the survivor was of the opinion that it was not possible to recognise them as the incident had taken place in the dark, police sources said.

"However, this would not weaken our case as we have also seized the victim's laptop, laptop-charger and mobile phone from the six arrested accused in this case and all these things were recognised by her (victim's) partner," Arya said, adding that all these things would act as a strong evidence to nail the accused in the case. The arrested accused were identified as Baba, Bhutha, Rampro, Gaza alias Brajesh, Vishnu Kanjar and Nitin Kanjar, police said.

Swiss national gangrape: Trial set to begin today

The Swiss tourist, on a cycling trip along with her partner, was allegedly gangraped by the accused persons in a forest area in Datia.

Except Nitin and Vishnu Kanjar, all others have been charged with gangrape. The investigation officer, NS Rawat in-charge of women's cell, has filed a hundred page charge-sheet on March 26 against the accused under various sections of gangrape and robbery.

Like other rape cases, the trial in this case too is likely to be held in a fast-track manner, the DIG said. The Swiss tourist, on a cycling trip along with her partner, was allegedly gangraped by the accused persons in a forest area in Datia district, on the night of March 15.

The incident took place at Jhadia village, eight kms from Datia town at around 9 pm on March 15, when the woman, along with her partner was touring the region on a bicycle as part of their India tour. They were camping at a forest area for the night while on their way back from Orchha, home to temples of Lord Ram, and were proceeding to Agra when they were assaulted and looted by the accused. The incident, which triggered a public outcry, also rocked the state assembly which was adjourned sine die after Opposition Congress stalled the proceedings.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)