Police in India on Monday arrested two men suspected of raping a 25 year old Israeli tourist in the popular northern Himalayan resort town of Manali, it has been reported.
The woman had been trying to reunite with friends who had already left for the nearby town of Keylong after they all arrived in Manali a few days earlier.
The arrests were made following a complaint by the woman that she was attacked by six people in the car and she alleged two of the occupants raped her after she mistook the car for a taxi and boarded it on Sunday morning in the popular town of Manali to go to a neighbouring district.
“Two of the six accused of raping an Israeli national have been arrested and both of them are locals. We have launched an intensive manhunt to arrest the remaining four accused. The vehicle involved in the crime has also been recovered,” said Sanjay Kumar the police chief of Himachal Pradesh state.
Police were examining CCTV footage from cameras installed on the streets on Manali, popular with holidaying foreigners and Indians, in the hope of identifying the suspects.
The woman was treated in hospital after she reported the attack, which took place at about 03:00am. After being raped by the men, they sped off leaving her with no help.
The Indian authorities said they are moving the lady to a bigger hospital in Mandi town for a proper medical treatment.
Rape and sexual assault remain is rampant in India, with incidents hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis. Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.