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Saturday 19 April 2014

India hotel leap Briton coming home

Reports have claimed that the woman leapt from a hotel room window in Agra after a man forced his way in

A British woman who was injured when she leapt from a hotel window in India apparently in fear of a sexual assault is to return to Britain, it has been reported, as two men were due to appear in court in connection with the incident.

The tourist told police she had requested a 4am wake-up call but the manager who came to the door allegedly offered her a massage and refused to leave.

The woman was admitted to hospital with minor leg injuries after she fled by jumping from the window of the Hotel Agra Mahal in the northern city of Agra, close to the Taj Mahal.

Two men have been charged over the incident and will appear in court later, it was reported.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are in touch with a British national and local authorities following an assault in Agra. They are now safe and we are offering consular assistance."

The episode comes days after a Swiss woman was gang-raped while cycling through a neighbouring state with her husband. The woman was attacked on Friday night when the couple stopped to camp in a forest in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, 124 miles south of Agra.

She told police she was raped by seven or eight men but was unable to specify the precise number because it was dark.

A group of six men, said to be farmers from nearby villages, appeared in court on Monday charged with gang rape.

The attack came three months after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus which sparked outrage across India and made headlines around the world.

The city of Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is part of India's famed Golden Triangle and draws hordes of tourists every year. British Government advice urges women to "exercise caution" in India, even when travelling as part of a group.

Press Association

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