Police officers escort a man in handcuffs for a court appearance who was allegedly involved in the gangrape of an American woman in Dera Ghazi Khan on Wednesday. AP
The detainees included the woman's host, who took her to a hotel in Dera Ghazi Khan, a district in the Punjab province where she says she was sexually assaulted this week, according to an initial police investigation.
The woman arrived in Pakistan three weeks ago, according to police. The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sex abuse.
Police say they are still investigating to determine how the woman was lured and taken to a hotel by the two men accused of raping her. The woman earlier stayed at the home of one of the alleged attackers for five days.
The US embassy in Islamabad told The Associated Press that its consulate in Pakistan's city of Lahore was ready to provide consular services to the victim.
"The protection of US citizens overseas is the highest priority of the US Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad," it said. It said "out of respect for the privacy of the alleged victim, we cannot comment on the specifics of the allegation."
Although sexual abuse against Pakistani women is common, such crimes against foreigners are rare. Many Pakistani women don't report such incidents to avoid stigma in a society where rapists often escape justice because of flaws in the legal system and poor investigations by police.
A 26-year-old British-Pakistani woman, who recently returned to Lahore to attend her father's funeral, was allegedly raped by a close family friend in the city’s Wahdat Colony area, a local media reported on Wednesday.
"The suspect, identified as Kashif, was in a car. He kidnapped the woman at gunpoint and took her to an empty plot near the Chaman Bypass,” the investigation officer said. He raped and beat her up multiple times and then fled from the crime scene.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said last year he wanted to introduce the penalty amid a national outcry over increasing offences and the specific case of a mother of two driving along a major highway who was dragged out of her car and raped by two men at gunpoint.
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She added that immediately after the operation, she had severe bleeding and blood accumulation in the neck, after which she was admitted to intensive care for two days.