Manali Tourist Gangrape: Israeli women allegedly raped by 6 men in moving car
This is the third incident of rape reported by a foreigner in the past four years in Kullu district. Two previous victims include an American and Australian tourists.
KULLU- A 25-year-old Israeli woman has been allegedly gang raped by six men in a moving car in India’s Himachal Pradesh state.
Police said the woman mistook the car for a taxi and boarded it on Sunday morning in the popular town of Manali to go to a neighbouring district.
There were six men in the car and two of them allegedly raped the tourist, police said.
According to police, the woman was planning to visit Kaza in Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh and was looking for a taxi when a vehicle without a numberplate offered her a lift to Manali, so that she could get a taxi from there. The victim alleged that the vehicle had six men and two of them raped her at a location she could not identify, and then dropped her in Manali. Kullu superintendent of police (SP) Padam Chand said,
The medical examination has been carried out and sent Mandi for expert opinion. The woman has reported that she was looking for an auto or any vehicle near Manali when she was offered the lift.
Police are yet find any clues in the case as woman does not know much about the vehicle and the accused. However, police are confident of cracking the case soon as the entire town and its surroundings are under the surveillance of high-definition CCTV cameras.
The complaint has been registered. We are checking video footages. Investigations are headed in the right direction,
the SP said.
Though the incident took place early morning in the darkness, the woman went to the police station around 10am with a friend. Police are now collecting evidence and checking night-vision camera footage.
Third foreigner raped in four years in Kullu
This is the third incident of rape reported by a foreigner in the past four years in Kullu district.
Australian woman 2012
In May 2012, a 22-year-old Australian woman was allegedly raped in Kasol village of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh by a Chandigarh man she had befriended on Facebook. The victim had alleged she was raped in her hotel room when she was “unconscious” after attending a party.
American woman gang-raped in 2013
In June 2013, a 29-year-old American woman was gang-raped inside a truck by three Nepalese men when she had hitchhiked a ride from Vashisht to Manali. She was also robbed of her money and cellphone.
Instead of taking the victim, who was married and travelling alone in India, to Manali, the accused had taken her towards Rohtang Pass and raped her in a secluded area.