Gang-raped tourist suspects arrested

2016-07-25 20:04


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Shimla - Indian police on Monday arrested two men suspected of raping a 25-year-old Israeli tourist in the popular northern Himalayan resort town of Manali, local officers said.

The arrests were made following a complaint by the woman that she was attacked early Sunday after flagging down what she thought was a taxi and asking for a lift to a nearby town.

"Two of the six accused of raping an Israeli national have been arrested. Both the men are locals," said Sanjay Kumar, the police chief of Himachal Pradesh state.

"A search operation is on to arrest the remaining four accused. The vehicle involved in the crime has also been recovered," Kumar added.

"There were six people in the car and she alleged two of the occupants raped her," Chand told AFP. The men then fled.

The woman had been trying to reunite with friends who had already left for the nearby town of Keylong after they all arrived in Manali a few days earlier.

Police were examining CCTV footage from cameras installed on the streets on Manali, popular with holidaying foreigners and Indians, in the hope of identifying the suspects.

"We are examining CCTV footage and hope to nab the culprits. The Israeli embassy has been informed," Chand said.

The woman was treated in hospital after she reported the attack, which took place at about 03:00.

"She will be moved today to a bigger hospital in Mandi town for a proper medical examination," Gandhi Ram, another police officer in Manali, said by phone.

India hiked punishments for rapists as part of an overhaul of sexual assault laws in the wake of a fatal gang-rape in 2012 that shone a global spotlight on frightening levels of violence against women in India.

But rape and sexual assault remain commonplace, with incidents hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis.

An American woman was raped in Manali in 2013 by three men when she got a ride with them in a truck. In 2012 an Australian woman was raped in the same area, located in the picturesque Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh state.

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