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Concern over rising sex attacks in tourist spots

india Updated: Jan 14, 2008 13:33 IST

Authorities in India's popular tourist destinations are boosting security after a spate of sexual attacks against foreigners, officials said on Monday.

The federal government has called top tourism officials from all states for a meeting in capital New Delhi this month to review security measures after the highly publicised incidents.

Several women have been raped and sexually attacked this month in Goa, Kerala and Rajasthan -- three of the most visited places in India.

In the latest incident, a British woman reported she was raped in the beach resort of Goa.
"We are adopting zero tolerance towards such accused. We are dealing seriously with these cases," Goa's chief minister, Digamber Kamat, said at the weekend in state capital Panaji.

The Kerala state government also said it will intensify police patrols after two sexual assaults this month.

"We have requested tour operators to submit the list of personnel employed in the resorts and police verification would be conducted against all the employees," said V Venu, Kerala's tourism secretary.

Separately, a British woman and an American woman also complained of similar attacks in the desert state of Rajasthan last week.