US tourist accuses 2 men of raping her in Dharamsala
A 46-year-old US national has alleged she was gangraped in Dharamsala.In her complaint to the police, the woman submitted that she was staying at a hotel in Kotwali Bazaar locality of Dharamsala for the past one week. On Monday, she went to the Kotwali Bazaar market to make some purchase when two men attacked her from behind, leaving her unconscious.Updated: Sep 17, 2015 14:15 IST
An American tourist has accused two men of raping her in the popular Himalayan hill station of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, the latest in a string of sex attacks involving foreigners.
The 46-year-old woman filed a complaint at the women’s police station in Dharamsala on Thursday in which she said she was assaulted by two unidentified men.
“I had gone to shop at a market on September 14 when two people attacked me from behind," said the woman, who had come to India from California a week ago.
The woman passed out after the attack at Kotwali Bazaar on Monday. The men then took her to a secluded place where they took turns to rape her.
Acting on her complaint, police registered a case of a rape and formed a special investigation team headed by deputy superintendent of police Renu Sharma to probe the incident.
Sharma said the woman was visiting India for the first time. “She visited Kullu and Manali before coming to Dharamsala a week ago. Her medical examination report is awaited. Efforts are on to nab the accused,” she said.
Police are also seeking witnesses to the incident and studying CCTV footage of the area, which was crowded with shoppers and families, officials said.
Dharamsala is famed for its community of Tibetan refugees and is home to the Dalai Lama.
India introduced tougher laws against sex offenders in the wake of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi in December 2012 that sparked mass protests and international outrage.
Several foreign women have reported attacks while visiting India. In February, a Japanese woman accused a tourist guide of drugging and raping her in Jaipur.
Five men were arrested in January over the alleged gang-rape of a Japanese tourist and six men are on trial for the rape of a Danish tourist in Delhi in 2014.
(With inputs from agencies)
First Published: Sep 16, 2015 20:49 IST