Man held over Brit India 'assault'

A hotel owner has been arrested following claims a British tourist jumped from the hotel's balcony fearing he was about to sexually attack her, local police said.

Hotel owner arrested after British tourist assault claim

A hotel owner has been arrested following claims a British tourist jumped from the hotel's balcony fearing he was about to sexually attack her, local police said.

The 30-year-old woman was staying at a hotel in Agra, close to the Taj Mahal.

Police said the alleged incident happened just before 4:00am, when the hotel owner, Sachin Chauhan, repeatedly offered the unnamed woman a free oil massage, Reuters reported.

The police station where hotel owner Sachin Chauhan is being held.
The police station where hotel owner Sachin Chauhan is being held. Credit: Reuters TV

Senior superintendent Subhash Chandra Dubey said, "The accused knocked at her room at 3:45am [local time] yesterday morning and told her about their scheme of a free oil massage ... The woman refused and closed the door".

"She says that he kept on knocking at the door for a long time afterwards and then later he also called his security guard and both of them began to knock at the door".

"The woman jumped from the balcony to the storey below and from there escaped, and then came over and lodged a complaint at the police station," he added.

Police said Chauhan was booked under section 354 of India's penal code, which deals with "assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty".

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Foreign Office updates travel advice for women in India

The Foreign Office updated its travel advice for women travelling to India today in light of a serious sexual assault against a Swiss woman in Madyha Pradesh earlier this month.

It is thought the update was made before today's reports of a British woman escaping sexual assault.

Women should use caution when travelling in India.

Reported cases of sexual assault against women and young girls are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk.

British women have been the victims of sexual assault in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan and women travellers often receive unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men.

– Foreign office travel advice

Foreign Office 'urgently' investigating India claims

The Foreign Office is "urgently" investigating reports suggesting a British woman jumped from a hotel window to escape an apparent sexual assault in India.

The 25-year-old is said to be in a serious condition after leaping from the building in the city of Agra in the north of the country.

A Foreign Office spokesman said:

We are aware of the reports and we are urgently looking into it.

We are in contact with our colleagues in India.