Authorities in India have flown a German woman from Berlin to Benares, the holy city on the River Ganges, to testify against men accused of raping her. The move is part of a campaign in India to curb crime against foreign tourists. The government of Uttar Pradesh not only paid for Claudia Pocker's travel to the country, but also provided armed security guards and put her up in a state guesthouse for VIPs in Benares, also known as Varanasi, for three days last week so that she could testify. Ms Pocker, then 22, arrived in the Hindu holy city on July 1, 2001. Within 24 hours, she was allegedly raped by hotel owner Maniraj Singh and tourist guide Vinod Singh after they laced her drink with drugs. When she regained consciousness, Ms Pocker, now a nursing student doing research in homeopathy and herbal medicine, filed a police complaint and underwent a medical examination to prove she had been raped. According to the doctor's report, she was not only raped; her assailants bit her breasts, lips and cheeks. Shortly after her ordeal, Ms Pocker returned to Germany - to the great delight of the accused, who were arrested by the police but later released on bail because the German woman had left before testifying against them in court. 'There was a perception that once a tourist leaves India, he or she will not bother to come back for the trial and the culprits will get off scot-free,' said Benares police chief S. Sabat. 'But their release jolted the administration out of its stupor. There were brainstorming sessions to formulate a strategy that would send out the message that criminals cannot get away with crime against foreign tourists.' Mr Sabat convinced the Uttar Pradesh government to send messages to Ms Pocker through the German embassy urging her to return to testify. She refused at first, saying she was too scared. She finally agreed when the government bought her an air ticket and agreed to provide bodyguards from the moment she landed. 'For all practical purposes, she returned as a guest of the government,' Mr Sabat said. Last week, Ms Pocker testified in court against the defendants. She identified them and underwent cross-examination in a packed courtroom. She broke down when taken to the room where she says the rape occurred. The men are now being held in custody. It is expected they will be convicted and sentenced next month. Ms Pocker told journalists in Benaras: 'I have come here on a mission. I hope it will be fulfilled. I want the rapists to be punished under Indian law. 'If rape shattered and traumatised me in 2001, today I am very impressed by the sincerity of the police, prosecutors and state government. I was hesitant about returning. But it was worth it.'