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    Indian students hold placards and shout slogans during a protest organized to create awareness on gender- based violence on women in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014. The alleged rape by a driver of a taxi-booking service Uber in New Delhi last week, almost two years after a young woman was fatally gang raped on a bus in the capital, has renewed national anger over sexual violence in India and demands for more effort to ensure women's safety. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

PATNA, India >> Police say they have arrested three Indians for allegedly gang raping a young Japanese research scholar in a Buddhist pilgrimage center in eastern India.

Police officer Akhilesh Singh says police are looking for two more suspects who also allegedly kept the Japanese woman as a hostage for nearly two weeks in Bodh Gaya, a town nearly 80 miles south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state.

She managed to escape from their captivity on Dec. 26 and reached Kolkata, once known as Calcutta, where she was based and filed a police complaint.

India has a long history of tolerance of sexual violence. But a series of high-profile rape cases have triggered a strong public outrage in recent years, leading to tough anti-rape laws.

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