Very early Tuesday morning, a 30-year-old American Woman in India was gang-raped by three men. The identity of the woman is as of yet unknown and the U.S. embassy told the BBC they could not comment for the privacy of the victim.
Here is what you need to know.
1. She Was Hitchhiking
Early Tuesday morning, the 30-year-old American woman was hitchhiking, according to ABC News, when she could not find a cab after a late night visiting a friend. It was very dark outside when a truck pulled over to pick her up.
2. There Were Three Men
The BBC reports that three men in the truck picked up the American and drove her to a secluded spot, where they raped and robbed her.
3. No Arrests Have Been Made Yet
Indian police are on the lookout for the three men, but little is known about them or their appearance. A local police officer told the BBC:
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
The police have reported however that clues were recovered at the scene of the crime and the police roadblocks are now in place.
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4. It Happened in the Tourist Town of Manali
The American woman was staying in the northern Indian city of Manali in the state of Himachai Pradesh. The BBC reports she was trying to visit a friend in Vashisth but was waylaid when she could not find a cab.
5. India Has a Sexual Assault Problem
This attack comes shortly after the protests that rocked the country after a 23-year-old medical student was raped and killed late last year as well as many other sexual assaults and rapes since then. The rallies occurred as an attempt to provoke the government to pass new legislation to prevent rape and seek justice for rape victims. According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, there were 24,206 rapes in 2011 and Al Jazeera reported that one woman is raped every 20 minutes in India.
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