Israeli Tourist Raped in India

Two suspects have been arrested
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2016 3:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in northern India have made two arrests in connection with the rape of an Israeli tourist, who was assaulted after she accepted a ride with six men while traveling in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Police were using security camera footage from the town of Manali, where the victim was left after the attack, to identify the suspects, NDTV reports. The victim told police that two of the men in the car assaulted her. The local police chief described the men arrested as "locals," according to the Guardian, adding, “A search operation is on to arrest the remaining four accused. The vehicle involved in the crime has also been recovered." The 25-year-old victim is the third tourist raped in the area in that past four years, the Times of India reports.

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In 2013, three men raped an American woman as she was hitchhiking. The year before, an Australian woman reported being raped in her hotel room by a man she met through Facebook. The Israeli woman told police that she was trying to find a taxi early Sunday to join friends in a nearby town, the Times of Israel reports. The suspects offered her a ride, saying they would take her to Manali and she could get a cab from there. The woman was being treated at a hospital following the attack. Despite increased punishments for rapists in India, the Guardian notes, sexual assault remains a a big problem in the country, "with incidents hitting the headlines almost every day." (Read more India stories.)

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