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Indian police arrest 3 men for allegedly raping American woman

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June 4, 2013: Indian policemen keep a check on vehicles after an American woman was gang-raped Tuesday in the northern Indian resort town of Manali, India.AP

Indian police arrested three men Thursday on suspicion of gang-raping an American woman in the northern resort town of Manali earlier this week, the latest high-profile sexual assault in the country.

Police officer Vinod Dhawan said the men are accused of offering the 30-year-old woman a lift in their truck as she was hitchhiking to her guesthouse Monday night. The woman said the men then drove her to a secluded spot and raped her.

Dhawan said the three men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested Thursday near Manali, 540 kilometers (335 miles) north of New Delhi.

Police were questioning the suspects. Other details were not immediately available.

Concern about sexual assaults in India has heightened since the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in December sparked public protests demanding better protection for women.

On Wednesday, police arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman who volunteered at a children's charity in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

The suspect, a local businessman, had attended a party the woman hosted to celebrate her 21st birthday, police said.

The woman told police that she later went to the man's house, where she drank a cup of tea, passed out and then was raped.

In March, six men were arrested in the gang-rape of a Swiss cyclist.

Since December's attack, the government passed a law increasing prison terms for rape and making voyeurism, stalking, acid attacks and the trafficking of women punishable under criminal law.