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Indian police say men gang-raped Israeli tourist in car after she accepted their ride offer

NEW DELHI — Police were questioning two men Monday in the alleged gang rape of a 25-year-old Israeli tourist who accepted a car ride while traveling in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The woman, who had been looking for a taxi, got into the car in the hill resort of Manali before dawn Sunday to travel to a nearby town, said Padam Chand, a police superintendent in Manali.
There were six men in the car and two of them raped the tourist after stopping at a desolate spot, he said.
Two of the men were in police custody and a search was on for the other four. Chand said the men would be arrested if police found evidence that they were the ones involved in the gang rape.
Manali police were in touch with officials at the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi.
The picturesque hill resorts of Himachal Pradesh are very popular with young Israelis who travel in India after their military service, despite concerns about the safety of women.
Reports of rapes of women highlight the persistence of such violence in India despite a public outcry following the fatal gang rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi in 2012.
Public fury over that case led to more stringent laws that doubled prison terms for rape to 20 years and criminalized voyeurism and stalking. But many women say daily indignities and abuse continue unabated and that the new laws have not made the streets any safer.

The Associated Press

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