Vicente y Fernanda: ‘Gang-raped’ Spanish vlogger defends India

A Spanish journey vlogger who was allegedly gang-raped by seven males whereas on a bike journey via India has slammed “absurd feedback” that she and her husband “introduced this on ourselves” and says the identical factor “may occur to anybody” in any nation.

4 males have been arrested over the alleged assault, which occurred on Friday evening within the jap state of Jharkhand within the Dumka district, with the remaining suspects nonetheless being sought by police as of Monday.

The 28-year-old sufferer is a bike journey blogger who has greater than 200,000 followers on Instagram together with her husband, beneath the deal with Vuelta al Mundo en Moto (Across the World by Motorcycle).

The couple, Vicente and Fernanda, introduced to their followers in a collection of Instagram Tales on Friday evening that they’d been attacked. Fernanda was allegedly raped by seven males whereas Vicente was bashed and had a knife held to his throat.

They’d not too long ago concluded a visit to Sri Lanka earlier than the Indian leg of their journey, and had been on their solution to Nepal by way of Bhagalpur. The assault befell after the couple stopped to camp the evening in a tent close to the Hansdiha market.

“We’ve learn many absurd feedback, saying that we introduced it on ourselves by coming to India, or by tenting, that nothing has occurred to us,” Fernanda mentioned in an replace on Monday.

“We imply that this will occur to anybody, to your daughter, sister, your mom, and in any nation on the planet. No one is free, this has already occurred many occasions in Spain, Brazil and America. So don’t discuss nonsense that it’s as a result of we’re in India.”

The couple mentioned India was a “nation with many good folks” and “like all international locations, it has its good and unhealthy issues” and was “value visiting”.

“This will occur to any traveller, anybody,” Vicente mentioned.

“We’ve camped in 66 international locations, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan … many international locations which can be thought of ‘harmful’ and now we have by no means had any issues. The one time we had been robbed was in Spain, in Barcelona.”

He claimed it was “a lot safer than Europe”.

“We go away our issues on the motorbike, cellphone, we exit to eat and nobody touches something,” he mentioned. “They’ve by no means executed it. We ask that justice be executed, not just for us but in addition for all the opposite girls and women who’ve gone via this. We is not going to cease dwelling and hiding at residence in worry due to this scum.”

In addition they shared a picture of one of many alleged attackers nonetheless at giant, urging the general public to assist police find the person.

It comes as a neighborhood official who met with the sufferer mentioned she was “emotionally shattered however was in secure bodily situation, and medical examination was in course of”.

“[We] assured them that the wrongdoers will likely be apprehended as quickly as attainable and prosecuted,” Anil Kumar Mishra, Dumka’s Principal District Choose (PDJ) and Chairman of the District Authorized Companies Authority, mentioned in a report back to the Jharkhand Authorized Companies Authority (JHALSA), The Indian Specific newspaper reported.

The choose and his group ensured that the girl had safety, assisted in recording her assertion and directed that compensation of 1 million rupees ($18,530) be paid to her, a JHALSA official mentioned.

Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident — a singular energy of the Indian judiciary permitting a courtroom to take discover of a matter with out receiving a proper petition or criticism — directing police to file common experiences on the investigation.

Asserting the information on Friday, a distraught Fernanda was seen with seen bruises and swelling on her face. “One thing has occurred to us that we might not want on anybody, seven males have raped me, they’ve crushed us and robbed us, though not many issues, as a result of what they wished was to rape me,” learn the caption on one video.

Vicente defined that they’d been delivered to the Saraiyahat Neighborhood Well being Centre so Fernanda may have a rape equipment executed. “They beat us,” he mentioned. “They put a knife to my neck, and instructed me they had been going to kill me. Fernanda was raped. Seven of them. Seven males. Sons of bitches.”

He mentioned in one other publish, exhibiting his damaged enamel and swollen lip, that he was hit a number of occasions within the head with a helmet and his “mouth is destroyed”.

The lady was in a position to attain a police patrol van at round 11pm and was taken to hospital for remedy, police officer Pitamber Singh Kherwar instructed The Instances of India newspaper.

The Spanish embassy in India has contacted authorities and dispatched workers to the area to help the couple, Euronews reported.

The surprising incident has once more shone a highlight on the excessive fee of sexual violence in India the place a median of almost 90 rapes had been reported on daily basis in 2022, in keeping with information by the Nationwide Crime Data Bureau.

Nevertheless, giant numbers go unreported because of prevailing stigmas round victims and a scarcity of religion in police investigations. Convictions stay uncommon, with instances getting caught for years in India’s clogged-up legal justice system.

The gang rape and homicide of an Indian scholar made world headlines in 2012.

Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old physiotherapy scholar, was raped and assaulted and left for lifeless by 5 males and an adolescent on a bus in New Delhi in December that yr.

The horrific crime shone a global highlight on India’s excessive ranges of sexual violence and sparked weeks of protests, and ultimately a change within the legislation to introduce the demise penalty for rape.

Sexual violence in opposition to feminine vacationers can be disturbingly widespread.

Australia’s Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce (DFAT) says travellers ought to “train a excessive diploma of warning” in India.

“Girls might face larger ranges of verbal and bodily harassment or sexual assault,” DFAT says. “Keep away from travelling alone, even in main cities and vacationer websites. It’s uncommon for individuals who commit these crimes to be efficiently prosecuted by the legislation.”

In a single infamous case in 2018, 33-year-old Latvian vacationer Liga Skromane was drugged, raped and beheaded earlier than her corpse was left hanging the other way up in a forest.

Reduxx founder Anna Slatz, who shared Vicente and Fernanda’s preliminary Instagram movies on X the place they’ve since been seen 152 million occasions, was essential of their newest replace.

“I’m so sorry however attempting to do a ‘kumbaya it’s a gorgeous nation please don’t choose’ whereas your spouse is laying there with bruises on her face as a result of she was gang-raped by seven males is PATHOLOGICALLY INSANE,” she wrote on X.

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