Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

India trip British woman jumps from hotel window to escape Agra sex assault

The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a 25-year-old British woman has jumped from a hotel window in northern India in an apparent bid to escape serious sexual assualt.

The incident is being investigated in the Agra region.

It is believed she jumped from the balcony of her room on the first floor and is in hospital with head injuries; both her legs are fractured.

The man who allegedly tried to molest her has been identified as a  hotel employee and is being held by police.

Meanwhile, six men accused of raping a Swiss tourist who was cycling with her husband in central India have appeared in court charged with gang rape.

Police said the men were arrested in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh state and are poor farmers from nearby villages.

The men were arrested yesterday.

The attack occurred Friday night as the couple camped in a forest in Datia district.

They told police that the woman had been raped by seven or eight men, but that it was dark and they could not be sure of the exact number.

The attack came three months after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus which caused outrage across India.

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