Israeli woman gang-raped in Manali


SHIMLA: 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 on Monday. 

The woman has told police she was attacked early Sun­day morning 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,” Chand told AFP, and then they 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. The Israeli embassy has been informed,” Chand said. 

The woman was being treated in hospital after she reported the attack, which took place at about 3am, at the Manali police station later on Sunday. 

“She is being shifted today to a bigger hospital in Mandi town to carry out a proper medical examination,” Gan­dhi Ram, another police offi­cer in Manali, said by phone. 

India hiked punishments for rapists as part of an over­haul of sexual assault laws in the wake of a fatal gang-rape in 2012 that shone a global spot­light on frightening levels of vi­olence against women in India. 

But rape and sexual assault remain commonplace, with in­cidents hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis. 

An American woman was raped in Manali in 2013 by three men when she took a ride with them in a truck. In 2012 an Australian woman was also raped in the same area, lo­cated in the picturesque Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh state. 


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