TEHRAN, YJC. -- Police in India say five villagers have confessed to the gang-rape of the tourist from Switzerland.
The woman was on a cycling holiday with her husband in Madhya Pradesh state, when as many as eight men attacked the couple on Friday night, sexually assaulting the woman and robbing the pair, investigators said.
"We have detained five men and they have confessed to gang-raping the woman and attacking her husband," local police official M S Dhodee told the AFP news agency.
Police are searching for a sixth man, who was also involved in the crime, Mr Dhodee said.
The alleged rapists live in a village near the forested area where the couple had stopped to camp for the night, while on on their way to the popular tourist destination of Agra in northern India.
"They were passing by, noticed the couple putting up their tent and saw an opportunity to attack and rape the woman," he said.
He added that the five detainees would be arrested shortly, pending formalities.