A 31-year-old American tourist was allegedly gang-raped by a truck driver and two accomplices near the popular tourist destination of Manali, 272km from Shimla.
On Monday, the victim and some of her friends had gone to Vashisht village, 4 km from Manali. Later in the day, she wanted to return to Manali and when she did not find any other mode of conveyance she decided to hitch a ride.
At 1 am she flagged down a truck and before she realised what was happening the driver pulled up at a secluded area and then he and his friends raped her one by one for an hour.
They dropped her at Beas bridge at 3am, but not before they had robbed her off her camera, mobile phone, iPad and whatever currency notes she was carrying. From the bridge she walked to the nearest police station from where she was eventually sent for medical examination.
The medical test at the civil hospital in Manali has confirmed that the woman had been sexually assaulted. The local police had apprehended three youths, but the victim refused to identify them.
The police said American embassy officials have been informed and they were in constant touch with them.