American Gang-Raped In India: What Happened To 30-Year-Old American Woman? [UPDATE]
[UPDATE: June 5, 10:50 am] Another gang-rape of an American woman, this one in Rio de Janeiro, has been reported. According to AP, a tourist, who was studying Portuguese in South America, was beaten and raped on a public transport van over the weekend. Her boyfriend, a French man, was restrained, beaten with a crowbar, and forced to watch. Authorities have arrested three men, ages 20, 21 and 22, in connection to the American gang-rape case in Brazil.
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An American was gang-raped in India early Tuesday morning after she accepted a ride from three men in a truck who offered to take her to her guest house in Manali, a tourist town nestled in the mountains in northern India.
Reuters reports that the 30-year-old American tourist left the village of Vashisht, a town in northern India's state of Himachal Pradesh where she was visiting friends, around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. She was headed back to her guesthouse in neighboring Manali, which is about 3 miles from Vashisht. That's when a truck driver stopped and offered to drive her the rest of the way.
But instead of taking the young woman to her hotel, the driver steered the car in a different direction and went about 10 miles before stopping. There, the driver and two other men in the vehicle overwhelmed and gang-raped the young American tourist.
A few hours later, the driver dropped the woman off on the side of the highway. Highway patrolmen discovered her by a bus stop, crying for help.
"Because it happened at night, she couldn't read the truck number. At around 7 a.m., we put up checkpoints everywhere and we've been looking for the suspects," senior local police official Vinod Dhawan told BBC Hindi.
The tourist, who has not been identified because of an Indian law that doesn't allow a rape victim to be named without his or her consent, was taken to a local hospital and given a medical examination, which confirmed the rape.
According to BBC, the U.S. embassy in Delhi is aware of the gang-rape, but will not comment on the case for issues of privacy.
The Hindustan Times reports that although the young tourist gang-raped in India gave police descriptions of the three men who attacked her, no arrests have been made. Road blocks have been put in place to stop any truck leaving the town.
News of the tourist gang-raped in India comes on the heels of a number of highly-publicized gang-rapes in the country, where violence against women has become a major point of concern. Following the rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus last December, protests across India have put women's safety in the international spotlight.
Just three months ago, a 39-year-old Swiss tourist was reportedly gang-raped near Orchha, a tourist destination in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, where she was camping with her husband. Wall Street Journal reports that Indian authorities arrested six men on charges of rape and robbery. Their trial is ongoing, with the next hearing expected for June 6.
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