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Swiss diplomat raped in Delhi
Delhi has seen a series of recent attacks on women
A Swiss diplomat has been raped in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Two men are alleged to have attacked the victim after she attended a film screening late on Tuesday.

It has now also emerged that another woman - a film-maker - was also attacked at the festival on the same night.

The attacks are the latest in a series of highly-publicised assaults on women in the Indian capital.

The diplomat left an auditorium in central Delhi after attending a screening at the International Film Festival.

These incidents create a feeling of insecurity
Delhi governor Vijai Kapoor
Police say the two men pushed her into her car and then raped her.

Reports say she was later left near a hospital. The car was found abandoned.

The attacks have shocked the administration and senior government and police officials are said to be investigating.

"These incidents create a feeling of insecurity," said Delhi governor Vijai Kapoor.

"And that we will not let happen," he told journalists.

Police suspended

Senior police officials visited the residence of the attacked diplomat on Wednesday morning.

Five policemen who were on duty at the film festival have been suspended for alleged dereliction of duty but no arrests have been made.

The film-maker who was attacked was waiting for her car to be brought to her when she was threatened by a group of men.

She raised the alarm and managed to escape but only after her attackers had slammed her head against a pavement, authorities said.

The woman was treated for injuries in hospital, they said.

The attacks come just days after a university student was allegedly raped by bodyguards of the Indian president.

Four soldiers have been arrested in connection with that attack.

Last month, a nurse working in a Delhi hospital, was raped, beaten and her eyes gouged out in a ward.

Delhi is said to have one of the highest rates of crime against women in India and there have been calls for the death penalty to be handed out to rapists.

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