In less than six months of the gang rape of a 30-year-old US national in Manali, a Kullu court sentenced three Nepalese youths to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment for the crime, an official said on Wednesday.

District and Session Judge Purender Vaidya on Tuesday sentenced Arjun, Lucky and Som Bahadur Tamang and imposed on them a fine of Rs.10,000 each. In case of default on payment, they will have to further undergo a two-year jail term, an investigating officer told IANS.

The woman who reached Manali with three other women a day before the crime, alleged that she was repeatedly raped by the three men, who offered her a lift in a vehicle early June 4 when she could not find a taxi on the outskirts of Manali.

Police said the men drove the woman to a secluded spot to rape and rob her.

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