|British woman tourist injured in India feared dawn sex attack by hotel manager and accomplice
A female British tourist in India was admitted to hospital with leg injuries after jumping from a hotel window today over fears of a sex attack in Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, police said.
The victim, who was not named but was in her early 30s, leapt from the first floor after two men tried to enter her room in the Hotel Agra Mahal at around 4:00 am, AFP reports.
“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 woman 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, said that one person had been taken into custody on charges of harassment.
The British woman 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 traveling 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 female tourist 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.