U.S. tourist, 30, gang raped in Indian resort cityBy Mason White 11:25 AM June 5, 2013
|Police checking truck|
By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A U.S. tourist was gang raped while vacationing in an Indian resort city, according to a statement released by police in India.
The woman was raped on Tuesday in the northern Indian tourist town of Manali, police said.
The 30-year-old was abducted early Tuesday morning by men in a truck after she was hitchhiking back to her guest house. The woman was visiting her friend, police officer Sher Singh said.
The three men in the truck took her to a secluded place and raped her, she said. She went to the police and filed rape complaint.
No arrests have been made as of Tuesday afternoon, Singh said.
Authorities issued an alert in order to catch the three men and set up roadblocks to check trucks leaving the city, he said.
The woman is not the first tourist to be gang raped in India while on vacation. As we reported earlier, a tourist vacationing in India with her husband was gang raped by a group of young men who tied up the victim’s husband, according to police reports in India.
The 38-year-old Swiss national, who was taking a bike ride through Madhya Pradesh, was raped, beaten and robbed at gunpoint by at least six men on Friday night.
The victim, who is from Lausanne, Switzerland, was with her husband when the terrible incident took place.
The two were cycling from Orchha, a place of heritage tourism, when they decided to camp in the jungle near Jhadia.
Around 9:00 pm, several criminals, mostly in their 20s, broke into the camp, handcuffed the husband and raped the woman. They then fled, stealing mobile phones, a laptop and 10,000 in cash.
Battered and bruised, the couple took a lift from a passerby and came to the police station in the Datia district, from where they were taken to the hospital. A medical examination confirmed the rape by several people.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, DK Arya, said an operation was launched to track down the criminals.
The Embassy of Switzerland also contacted authorities in Madhya Pradesh and called for a quick investigation into the incident, which is likely to harm the image of the state, popularly called the “Heart of Incredible India”.
The woman, a teacher, and her husband, a plumber, came to Mumbai from Iran, and were on a cycling tour since then. They had avoided going to Pakistan, thinking it would be dangerous.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view