Student raped by fake tour guides

A court has sentenced three Indian men to 20 years in prison for raping a Japanese student who was sightseeing in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

The men met the 20-year-old woman in Jaipur, the Rajasthan state capital, which is known for its historic forts and monuments, and they offered to be her tour guides.

The men, aged 20 to 24, took the woman to a farming village outside the city, raped her on a roadside and fled. Villagers heard the woman crying and contacted police. The Japanese student left India for home in April, after recording her statement in the five-month trial.

Judge Girish Oja also sentenced three other defendants to two years in prison for helping the three main accused.

The rape in February was the second of a Japanese visitor in less than a year. A series of attacks has triggered fury over India’s inability to halt chronic violence against women despite the strengthening of sex-crime laws in 2013.

In December last year, a 22-year-old research scholar from Japan was held captive, and gang-raped, for nearly three weeks in a village near a Buddhist pilgrimage centre in eastern Bihar state. Police have arrested four suspects. A tour guide had also offered to help the woman.


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