British tourist injured fleeing India sex attack
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
NEW DELHI: A female British tourist was admitted to hospital after jumping through a hotel window Tuesday over fears of a sex attack in the Indian city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, police said.
The victim, who was not named but was in her early 30s, suffered leg injuries when she leapt from the first floor after two men tried to enter her room in the Hotel Agra Mahal at around 4:00 am.
"She got frightened so she ran to the other end of the room and jumped out of the window," Pawan Kumar, superintendent of police in Agra, told AFP.
Another officer who was with the victim in hospital said she had earlier rejected the hotel manager's overtures offering a massage.
He then returned with a second man and attempted to open the door to her room with a key, the officer said.
Swaranjeet, deputy superintendent of police in Agra, who only uses one name, said that one person had been taken into custody on charges of harassment.
The victim had suffered a ligament fracture in one leg but her injuries were not serious, Swaranjeet told AFP.
"But she is very scared and has cancelled her plans to keep travelling in India. She just wants to return home," she added.
A member of staff at the hotel, who would not give his full name, said the manager had merely tried to wake up the victim in time for an early morning train.
"We don't know what she thought but she jumped out of the window of her room," said the staff member.
The incident comes just days after a Swiss cyclist was gang-raped by a group of villagers on Friday night while on a cycling trip with her husband that included a stop in the Taj Mahal city of Agra.
The attack renewed focus on the country's poor record on safety for women. (AFP)