Tourist rape in India may be on-going problem

A 30-year-old American woman who was visiting Vashisth, a nearby tourist area, was delayed and could not find a taxi in the early morning hour. She decided to hitch-hike. She was raped by 3 men when she accepted a ride in a truck in Manali in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. This attack follows reports of a Swiss tourist being raped in Madhya Pradesh in March while on a bicycle trip.

Reported cases of sexual assault are on the rise in India, and although foreign tourists are rarely targeted, women should avoid travelling alone in remote areas whenever possible.

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