Israeli reports being gang raped in resort town
A 25-YEAR-OLD Israeli woman has allegedly been raped by two men in the popular northern Indian Himalayan resort town of Manali, senior local police officers said yesterday.
The woman has told police she was attacked early on the morning of July 24 after flagging down what she thought was a taxi and asking for a lift to a nearby town, superintendent Padam Chand said.
“There were six people in the car and two of the occupants raped her, she alleged,” Mr Chand said, adding that they 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,” Mr Chand said.
The woman was being treated in hospital after she reported the attack, which took place about 3am, at the Manali police station.
“She is being shifted today to a bigger hospital in Mandi town to carry out a proper medical examination,” said Gandhi Ram, another police officer in Manali.
India hiked punishments for rapists as part of an overhaul of sexual assault laws in the wake of a fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi in 2012 that shone a global spotlight on frightening levels of violence against women in the country.
But rape and sexual assault remain commonplace, with incidents hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis. –