A gang of eight men allegedly raped a 39-year-old tourist and beat her husband with sticks while they were holidaying in India.

Police said that the couple had been brutally attacked in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Friday night.

Thugs attacked the pair at a village near Datia town, said district superintendent of police CS Solanki.

It is the latest in a string of violent sex attacks in India that has shocked the subcontinent, after one 23-year-old was raped and tortured in December, and a 29-year-old who was grabbed from a bus in and gang raped in Amritsar by six men in January.

The couple had been cycling from Orchha to Seonda and decided to camp near a village for a night.

The pack of men pounced on the couple, beating them with wooden sticks before overpowering the man and gang-raping his wife, the husband claimed.

Police said the gang then stole the pair’s belongings and fled, Independent Online reported.

D.K. Arya, deputy inspector general of police said the gang took a laptop, 10,000 rupees (£120) and a mobile phone, CNN reported.

The Swiss woman was taken to hospital, where medical examinations proved she had been raped, The News Tribe reported.

CS Solanki said eight people have been questioned in connection with the incident, but officers are still searching for all of the attackers.

And in a shocking turn of events the woman was paraded through a staring crowd as photographers jostled to take her pictures, mere hours after she had been attacked.

Cloaked with a towel to cover her face and head, two female police officers gripped the victim’s arms as she was taken to hospital for a medical examination.

Her picture was taken as she was pulled through the swarm of people.

The violent attack comes mere months after a horrifying attack on a young woman in the Indian capital.

Five men and a juvenile are awaiting trial for the sickening gang rape and attack the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist in Delhi in December last year.

The assault triggered nationwide protests and an intense debate about rampant crime against women in India.

One of the accused is dead after he was found hanging in his cell.

Police allege the six attacked the woman and her male companion on the bus as the couple returned home after watching Life Of Pi on December 16.

The woman was repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal bar.

The couple were also severely beaten before being thrown onto a road.

The woman died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later.

In January a woman was travelling to her in-laws’ home in Punjab when she was allegedly snatched and driven to a district bordering Amritsar, the Sikh holy city.

Five men joined the driver and conductor, who had taken her by motorbike to an unknown address, and took turns to rape the 29-year-old.

They dumped her near her in-laws’ village the next morning where she told relatives of her ordeal, police said.

Six men were arrested and a seventh was on the run from police, officers said.

A 14-year-old schoolgirl was put on life support in hospital after being brutally gang-raped in rural India in late January.

Police had failed to make any arrests since the horrific attack in the Jalandhar district of Punjab ten days after the attack.

source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk