Is­raeli re­ports be­ing gang raped in re­sort town

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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