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Japanese woman alleges rape by India tour guide

AFP-JIJI

A Japanese woman has told Indian police she was raped by a tourist guide in the historic city of Jaipur, an officer said Monday.

The woman, 20, told police the guide offered to show her around Jaipur on his motorbike on Sunday before attacking her in an isolated part of the city in the evening, the officer said.

“We have received a complaint from a Japanese tourist alleging rape by a local man yesterday (Sunday),” Dharam Chand Jain, police inspector general for the Jaipur district, said.

“The accused offered to drop her at the hotel in the evening but took her to a desolate area . . . and allegedly raped her,” he said. “The tourist alleged that she was offered some food which might have been laced with drugs.”

The case is the latest in a string of high-profile sex attacks that have highlighted high levels of violence against women in the world’s second-most populous country.

Six men from the eastern city of Kolkata were charged last month with kidnapping and gang-raping a 22-year-old Japanese tourist who was allegedly held hostage for a month after agreeing to be shown around the Buddhist temple complex in the sacred town of Bodh Gaya, in neighboring Bihar state.

India has faced intense scrutiny over its efforts to curb violence against women following the fatal gang rape of a medical student in New Delhi in December 2012, which sparked a global outcry. Sex attacks against women from Western countries have received major media coverage in India.