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Tourist raped in Indian resort town

A 30-year-old American woman has been gang-raped in the northern Indian resort town of Manali, police said.

The victim was picked up by men in a truck as she was hitch-hiking back to her guest house after visiting a friend, a police spokesman said.

The three men in the truck drove to a secluded spot and attacked her. She went to police and they filed a rape case.

The spokesman said no arrests have yet been made and authorities have set up roadblocks to stop any truck leaving the town.

Manali is near the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

The reported rape came after a Swiss tourist was gang-raped in March while on a cycling trip through rural India. Six men were arrested over that attack.

In a separate incident the same month, a British woman travelling in northern India jumped out of the third-floor window of her hotel room fearing a sexual attack after the hotel's owner tried to force his way into the room.

The assaults come amid heightened concern about sexual assaults in India that followed the fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in December.

That sparked public protests demanding better protection for women, and the government passed a law increasing prison terms for rape and providing for the death penalty in cases of rape that result in death or leave the victim in a coma.

It also made voyeurism, stalking, acid attacks and the trafficking of women punishable under criminal law.

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