The two foreign women who were g@ng-r@ped by seven men at Kemmanahalla in Anekal, had come down on a one-year internship to study the functioning of the Stree Shakti project (self-help groups) and life in Indian villages. They were also learning tailoring at Anekal's Jesuit Mission Residence in Jnana Jyothi, near the Regional Theological Extension Centre in Anekal, and were staying at Jnana Jyothi for the past six months. Every year, two foreign students do their internship at this institute. Once or twice a week, the women visited nearby villages, where the Jesuit Mission has taken up the Stree Shakti project. The two women had missed the 5.30pm bus to Lakshmipura, and boarded another one. Some men advised them to get down at Kemmanahalla and walk to Lakshmipura. When they began walking down the lonely stretch, they realized that the same group of seven men was following them.