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‘People of India are nice, I don’t blame them,’ says Spanish woman gang-raped in Jharkhand


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The woman was allegedly raped by seven men in Kurumahat area of Jharkhand’s Dumka district on Friday night when she was camping in an open area with her husband. Three men have been arrested in the case and search is on for other accused.

The 45-year-old female Spanish national who was allegedly gang-raped, rides her bike (pink) as her husband follows her, in Dumka district on. The victim was out on bike with her husband on Friday night when she claimed 8-10 people dragged her to a secluded place to commit the crime. (PTI Photo)

Dumka: A 28-year-old Spanish woman, who was allegedly gang-raped and assaulted in Jharkhand’s Dumka district last week while camping with her husband at a village, on Tuesday said people of India are kind and treated her well during her journey across the country.

The woman made the remarks while speaking to reporters on Tuesday before leaving for Nepal through Bihar amid widespread outrage over the case with the police three accused in the case and continuing its manhunt to nab the remaining four. The woman is touring the Indian subcontinent on a bike with her husband and said she has chosen to continue it.

“People of India are nice. I don’t blame the people, but I blame the criminals. People of India have treated me very well, and were very kind to me,” she said, adding she has safely travelled around 20,000 kilometers across India.

On Friday, the woman was allegedly raped by 7 men in an open area in Kurumahat village in Dumka where she was spending the night in a makeshift tent with her husband. She said they chose the place after finding the area calm and peaceful.

“We have been in India for the last six months and travelled around 20,000 km. We did not have any problems anywhere. This has happened for the first time. I have good memories from India,” she said.

“I want to tell some people, especially girls, to coach themselves to face such situations. I know it’s hard and it’s not easy. You don’t forget, but you have to keep trying to leave it in the past,” she added.

Dumka SP Pitamber Singh Kherwar said the couple left for Bihar and will head to Nepal from there. The woman’s husband thanked the police for their speedy action. Earlier, he was given a compensation of Rs 10 lakh by the state government which sparked further outrage and criticism of the administration for being insensitive.

The case came to light on Saturday after the woman posted her ordeal on social media in a video, which has since been deleted. Bruised and her face swollen, the woman claimed seven men held her at knifepoint and tied up her husband as they took turns to rape her on Friday night at Kurumahat, 300 km from Ranchi, the state capital.

The couple then approached a police patrol vehicle which took them to a hospital where the woman informed them that she was gang-raped and assaulted. A medical examination confirmed sexual assault.

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