Taxi driver rapes Japanese woman in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh

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The Hush Post: A Japanese woman has alleged that a taxi driver raped her in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. “A case has been registered and one person arrested. medical examination of the victim was carried out in Kullu hospital on Thursday,” Kullu’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Shalini Agnihotri was quoted as saying.

The alleged suspect is a 38-year-old resident of Katola village of Mandi district, she added. The SP said the test identification parade of the arrested suspect and the victim would be carried out in the court on Saturday.

Agnihotri said the victim approached the police on Thursday and alleged that she was raped by the taxi driver on May 30. The SP said the victim had arrived in Manali on May 29 from Kaza. She missed the bus to Dharamsala from Manali the next day. The accused offered to take her to Kullu in his taxi to catch the next bus.

The victim told the police that she had beer with the driver and later he took her to a secluded place in his vehicle near Kullu, where the accused consumed more beer. The victim said later he raped her inside the vehicle and dropped her back to Manali in the morning.

The SP said the victim had no clue about the make or number of the vehicle. Agnihotri said that the Japanese Embassy had been informed. The victim was scheduled to go back from Delhi on June 3.

The police said taxi drivers have been asked to display police helpline numbers on all taxis for any kind of emergency for the safety of tourists.

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