Three sentenced to 20 years in prison for gang raping US tourist

Dec 18, 2013, 00:27 IST | Agencies

A court yesterday convicted three men for gang-raping an American tourist in June, an attack that further dented the country'simage as a safe place for women and prompted the US to issue an advisory warning its citizens of the dangers of travelling to India.

The men, from Nepal, were sentenced to 20-year prison terms,according to Vinod Kumar Dhawan, who headed the police team investigating the assault.

The incident took place in a small town in the Himalayas that is a popular destination for backpackers. Police investigators said the American woman, a Californian native, was gang-raped and robbed after accepting a truck driver’s offer to drive her to the guesthouse.

According to the police complaint, three men in a truck offered her a ride to her hotel at 1 am but instead raped her and stole her phone, camera and money, the report said.

Tuesday’s judgment came a day after the one-year anniversaryof the December 16 gang rape in the Capital.

Previous attacks
>> In August, six men got life imprisonment for gang-raping a Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh, in March.
>> In March, a British woman jumped from a hotel balcony in Agra to escape the manager, who tried to break into her room. 

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