Female tourists are giving second thought – and canceling travel plans – to India after a string of violence attacks against women, the latest coming Monday when an American woman was gang-raped by three men.
Three men were questioned but no one arrested in the latest sexual assault Monday, but female tourists had already started to avoid India as a tourist destination.
In March, Indian officials reported a 25 percent drop, according to a survey released by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India
, reported the Los Angeles Times.
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The survey highlighted attacks that happened in December when a 23-year-old student was gang-raped and later died. A short time later, a British woman in Agra jumped from a second-floor window to escape manager trying to break into her residence. Later, a Swiss woman was gang-rape while her husband was held at gunpoint in Madhya Pradesh.
"The heinous acts took place specially in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh in December last year impacted the tourism industry not only in NCR region but also in other major cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahemdabad, Lucknow, Jaipur, Dehradun, Agra etc.," the a press release on the report stated.
Those concerns heightened again Monday when the American woman was gang-raped. The woman was hitchhiking back to her hotel after failing to find a taxi when three men in a truck picked her up, took her to a remote area and raped her.
Three men were briefly detained and then released in connection with the attack, Himachal Pradesh police chief B. Kamal Kumar told Reuters, clarifying an earlier statement which appeared to say the men had been arrested.
Authorities said the American tourist was hospitalized and is in stable condition.
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Sex crimes are common in India. The National Crime Records Bureau says more than 24,200 rapes were reported across the country in 2011 – roughly one every 20 minutes.
"Women should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions," according to a U.S. State Department travel advisory for India, according to Reuters.
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