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Another japanese woman raped in India by a tourist guide

String of sex attacks: Indian activists shout slogans as they protest against the gang-rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai in 2013. Photo: AP
A Japanese woman has told Indian police she was drugged and then raped by a tourist guide in the historic northern city of Jaipur, in the latest sex attack on a foreigner, an officer says.
The 20-year-old told police the guide offered to show her around Jaipur, famous for its grand palaces and forts, on his motorbike on Sunday before attacking her in an isolated part of the city in the evening, the officer said.

The woman said she was given food laced with drugs before being attacked by the man thought to be aged about 25, said Dharam Chand Jain, police inspector general for Jaipur district, on Monday.

"The 20-year-old tourist had arrived in Jaipur yesterday [Sunday] and met the accused man near the hotel, who introduced himself as a tour guide," he said.

"They went to couple of places on his motorbike during the day. 

"The accused offered to drop her at the hotel in the evening but took her to a desolate area ... and raped her."

The man fled the scene after the woman's screams were overheard by villagers who rushed to help, according to local media reports.

"The tourist alleged that she was offered some food which might have been laced with drugs," Mr Jain said, adding that blood tests have been conducted on the woman to determine the type of drugs used.

The case is the latest in a string of high-profile sex attacks that have highlighted high levels of violence against women in the world's second most populous country.

Six men from the eastern city of Kolkata were charged last month with kidnapping and gang-raping a 22-year-old Japanese tourist.

The woman was held hostage for a month after travelling to the Buddhist shrine of Bodh Gaya in neighbouring Bihar state.

India has faced intense scrutiny over its efforts to curb violence against women after the fatal gang-rape of a medical student in New Delhi in December 2012, which sparked a global outcry.

In the latest case, the woman has undergone a medical examination and was helping police try to identify her attacker, Mr Jain said.

The Japanese embassy said it was gathering information about the attack and could offer no further comment.

The attack risks handing another blow to the country's tourism industry. Britain and France revised their travel advisories for India last January, warning visitors about the risk of sexual attacks, after two cases of foreigners being raped.

"After such incidents tourism is the first casualty," said Gour Kanjilal, executive director of the Indian Association of Tour Operators.

"We have been issuing instructions to tourists not to accept help or food from strangers."

Sex attacks against women from Western countries have received major media coverage in India but similar attacks on local women have drawn only a fraction of the attention.

Japanese tourist accuses Indian guide of drugging and raping her in historic city of Jaipur February 9, 2015

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