Four arrested over rape

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The National, Thursday 25th April 2013

 FOUR men have been arrested over the gang-rape of an American academic last Friday and officials in Madang are urging locals to help find five other suspects who are still on the run.

The woman was raped by an armed mob last week after her husband and a guide were tied up while on a bush trail on Karkar Island.

She spoke to media about her ordeal before she returned to the US in the hope of raising awareness about rampant violence against women in Papua New Guinea.

The incident came barely a week after an Australian was killed and his friend sexually assaulted by a group in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, that led to the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill labelling the attack as the cowardly act of animals.

Two men are being questioned over the incident, but up to eight of the attackers are still at large.