Woman gang-raped on Christmas Eve in India: reports

Woman gang-raped on Christmas Eve in India: reports

NEW DELHI - A 20-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped on Christmas Eve in south India, media reports said Friday, the latest in a string of sexual attacks reported in the country.

The reports of the latest assault came two days before India was due to mark the first anniversary of the death of a student who was gangraped on a bus in an attack that shocked the nation.

The woman who was assaulted on Christmas Eve told police she was abducted by three men while sightseeing with friends in Karaikal, a port city in Puducherry, the Times of India newspaper and TV networks reported.

One of the men raped her at a secluded spot before freeing her, the Times said.

She called for help but then another group of seven men attacked her as she was being escorted to a safe place, the paper said.

Six of the men raped her, it added.

"One case has been reported. There are 15 accused (persons) and one victim," senior police officer Monika Bhardwaj told reporters.

Bhardwaj said three of the accused "are absconding" while the rest have been caught.

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