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Japanese tourist raped in India

NEW DELHI, India – A taxi driver accused of raping and threatening a Japanese vacationer near a prominent Indian tourist destination has been arrested, police said Saturday.

The 30-year-old visitor said she had flagged down the driver’s cab on Wednesday in Manali, a resort town in the Himalayan foothills popular with foreign travelers, to travel to a neighboring town.

She was instead taken to an isolated location in a nearby forest and sexually assaulted in the driver’s car, police said.

“She said she surrendered to him after the driver told her (that) if she resisted the rape attempt, he would call his friends to gang-rape her,” regional police chief Shalini Agnihotri told AFP.

The woman filed a complaint with police after she was dropped at a nearby town by the accused, Agnihotri said, adding that a medical test confirmed she had been raped.

The driver, a Manali resident, was arrested by police on Friday based on the description given by the woman, who confirmed his identity after he was taken into custody.

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