American hitchhiker gangraped, robbed by three in Manali

New Delhi: An American woman was gang-raped Tuesday in the northern Indian resort town of Manali, police said.

The victim, who reached Manali yesterday, had gone to old Vashisth area to meet some friends.

The 30-year-old woman was picked up early Tuesday morning by men in a truck as she was hitchhiking back to her guest house after visiting a friend, police officer Sher Singh said.

The three men in the truck then drove to a secluded spot and raped her, he said. She went to police and they filed a rape case.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon, Singh said.

 American hitchhiker gangraped, robbed by three in Manali

Police said no arrests have been made yet. AFP

In her complaint, she alleged that she was raped by two persons and the accused also took away her iPhone and some currency. The accused youth in the age group of 18 to 25 years fled after committing the crime, ASP R Jamwal said.

Superintendent of Police (Kullu) Vinod Dhawan said police have got some clues about the vehicle used for committing the crime.

The medical examination of the victim has been conducted and report is awaited. The police have registered a case of rape under section 376 of the IPC and US embassy in New Delhi has been informed.

The reported rape came after a Swiss tourist was gang-raped in March while on a cycling trip through rural India. Six men were arrested in that attack. In a separate incident the same month, a British woman traveling in northern India jumped out of the third-floor window of her hotel room fearing a sexual attack after the hotel's owner tried to force his way into the room.

The assaults come amid heightened concern about sexual assaults in India that followed the fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi in December.

That rape sparked public protests demanding better protection for women. In response, the government passed a law increasing prison terms for rape and providing for the death penalty in cases of rape that result in death or leave the victim in a coma. It also made voyeurism, stalking, acid attacks and the trafficking of women punishable under criminal law.

with agency inputs

Updated Date: Jun 04, 2013 17:13:14 IST