Crime wave

Authorities probe gang-rape of American woman in India

Shoppers looking for clothes at Sarojini Market in New Delhi, India, July 11, 2014. (Graham Crouch/The New York Times)

Police in India are investigating the rape of an American woman that allegedly took place in the town of Dharamsala, a popular tourist attraction because it is the home of the Dalai Lama. A 46-year-old woman from California told authorities she was attacked by two men while walking through the town’s main market. She reportedly said the two assailants grabbed her, and then she passed out. When she regained consciousness, she told police, it was obvious to her that she’d been sexually assaulted. The case is the latest in a rash of rapes in India that have been perpetrated against foreign women. Earlier this month, three men were sentenced to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping a 19-year-old Japanese tourist, five men are on trial for the alleged gang-rape of another Japanese tourist, and another group of five men is on trial for allegedly gang-raping a Danish tourist in New Delhi last year. Incidents of rape have skyrocketed in India over the last 40 years, according to crime statistics. And the issue has been thrust into the national spotlight, with the controversial documentary India’s Daughter, by Leslee Udwin, ultimately being banned by the government.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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