Indian police on Monday captured two men associated with assaulting a 25-year-old Israeli visitor in the famous northern Himalayan town of Manali, neighborhood officers said.
The captures were made after a grievance by the lady that she was assaulted early Sunday in the wake of waving to what she believed was a taxi and requesting a lift to a close-by town.
“Two of the six accused of raping an Israeli national have been arrested. Both the men are locals,” said Sanjay Kumar, the police chief of Himachal Pradesh state.
“A search operation is on to arrest the remaining four accused. The vehicle involved in the crime has also been recovered,” Kumar added.
Earlier Monday police Superintendent Padam Chand said the woman had alleged that there were six people in the car, two of whom raped her before fleeing.
The woman had been trying to meet up with friends who had already left for the nearby town of Keylong after they all arrived in Manali a few days earlier.
Police viewed CCTV footage of the streets of Manali, popular both with holidaying foreigners and Indians, to help identify the suspects.
The woman was being treated in hospital after she reported the attack, which took place at about 3am, at the Manali police station later on Sunday.
“She is being shifted today to a bigger hospital in Mandi town to carry out a proper medical examination,” Gandhi Ram, another police officer in Manali, said by phone.
India toughened laws for attackers as a feature of a redesign of rape laws in the wake of a fatal sexual assault in 2012 that shone a worldwide focus on unnerving levels of viciousness against women in the nation.
But rape and sexual assault remain commonplace, with incidents hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis.
An American woman was raped in Manali in 2013 by three men when she took a ride with them in a truck. In 2012 an Australian woman was also raped in the same area, located in the picturesque Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh state.