UK & World News
Brit Injured 'Escaping Sex Assault' In India
A British woman is recovering from injuries to her legs after jumping out of her hotel window to escape an alleged sex attack in Agra in India - the home of the iconic Taj Mahal.
According to police, the incident happened in the Cantonment area of the city about four o'clock on Tuesday morning.
Deputy Superintendent Simranjit Kaur told Sky News that the 31-year-old woman escaped from the second floor window of her room after the hotel owner tried to enter "demanding" a massage.
"The woman became scared and leapt from the balcony. We have arrested the owner and may cancel the licence of the hotel depending on our investigations," she said.
The victim was taken to hospital by a rickshaw driver and was treated for muscle damage to her legs.
She has also given a statement to officers and is now "safely" in another hotel under police protection.
The police said she will be flying home to the UK shortly, even though she was planning to visit China after touring India.
The Foreign Office said it was "urgently" investigating the reports.
A spokesman said: "We are aware of the reports and we are urgently looking into it. We are in contact with our colleagues in India."
In a later statement it thanked news organisations and journalists who had shown "restraint" in reporting the case.
"The victim of the attack is now safe and receiving consular assistance and has expressed a wish to be given space to recover from this ordeal," it said.
The Foreign Office has also changed its advice to female travellers visiting India in the last forty eight hours following the gang rape of a Swiss cycle tourist in Madhya Pradesh on Friday night.
British female tourists are now being advised to"exercise caution" in India, even when travelling as part of a group.
Advice on the FCO website states: "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."
Women travelling through the country are advised to respect local dress codes and customs and avoid visiting isolated areas, including beaches, alone, at any time of day.
The FCO also warns women against travelling alone on public transport, in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night.
The Swiss woman was camping in a forested area with her husband when they were attacked by men brandishing sticks. She was repeatedly raped according to local police.
That attack came just a few days after the man accused of leading the fatal gang rape of a student on a New Delhi bus was found hanged in his prison cell.
India has seen anger and public protests against rapes and sexual attacks on women since the gang-rape in New Delhi in December.
what do you think?
The country has gone rape mad ? or has it always been that way ?
I suspect that it has been that way in India for a long time. An Indian lady of my acquaintance told me that there was no way that she would allow her daughter to go there unaccompanied because of the risk of sexual assault
''Pinstripe Rapist': Smartly Dressed Man Hunted' I know, rape in the UK seems to be endemic.
No pj. India is not "rape mad" and many similar crimes are committed here every week.
It appears that some men, no matter where in the world, still have the "stone age" philosophy towards women.
What is going on in India
Maybe women should just not go to india..its sad that such a nice place should have these problems.its was never as bad when we visited india ....i was 18 at the time as was my sister
I'm so glad my sister has no desire to go back to India. It just seems to be one case after the other :(
Are the perpetrators of these crimes really Indian or nationals of the secessionist countries bordering that great country?
Does it really matter - fact is women aren't safe
Travel advice. Don't go there. Without foreign tourism in rural areas their government will b forced to act
What nonsense! Do you have any idea how many thousands visit India every year and are full of praise for the wonderful reception and kindness they recieve there? These violent crimes are attracting much salacious media attention and we need to start putting this issue into some perspective
I think that the men in this country seriously need to be reminded that this is the 21st century and that women are NOT on this earth for their amusement. Go and get a blow up doll if you can't control your urges!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wot would thay do with it lol
Whic country are you talking about Valerie? Your statement is very generalised and a little offensive tbh. As for India - it has 2 billion people so some perspective has to be realised, not withstanding that no man has the right to abuse a woman.
And this is a country we give our hard earned tax money to in foreign aid?
Nothing's wrong with India... it's as good/bad as US/UK/Australia/France or any other country... the only thing is it's getting media coverage... and it's good because the law would become more stringent now... A United Nations report compiled from government sources showed that more than 250,000 cases of rape or attempted rape were recorded by police annually. The data covers 65 countries... read more...
Rape in India is one of India's most common crimes against women. Marital rape that occurs when spouses are living together can only be dealt under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 which only provides civil remedies to victims (it is a form of non-criminal domestic violence). Marital rape is not a criminal offense, except when spouses are separated. Rape cases in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008 
Under section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which creates the offense of rape, the age of consent is set at 16, as sex with a girl under this age is considered rape, regardless of consent. In practice, this is rarely enforced, and India is a destination for child sex tourism. India remains a deeply patriarchal society, where violence against women is often justified and blamed on the women themselves. In a 2005-06 National Family Health Survey survey 54% of women aged 15-49 said that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances. Sexual violence within marriage is common, with 20% of men admitting to forcing their wives or partners to have sex, in a survey by the Centre of Research on Women, US, and Instituto Promundon in Brazil.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (for England and Wales), the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 and the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 are relevant legislations in the United Kingdom. According to a news report on BBC One presented in 12 November 2007, there were 85,000 women raped in the UK in the previous year, equating to about 230 cases every day. The 2006-07 British Crime Survey reports that 1 in every 200 women suffered from rape in that period. It also showed that only 800 people were convicted of rape crimes that same year, meaning that less than 1 in every 100 rape survivors were able to convict their attacker. According to a study in 2009 by the NSPCC on young people aged between 13-18, a third of girls and 16% of boys have experienced sexual violence and that as many as 250,000 teenage girls are suffering from abuse at any one time. 12% of boys and 3% of girls reported committing sexual violence against their partners.
Amuch needed bit of perspective. And we are a much smaller country with a much smaller population.
We need to realise that its Indian who are highlighting such gory scenarios at the end of day... because there are many cultured and good Indians who want change... and the change comes from within ... I must appreciate the Indian press!
I don't know what kind of a fool will give a thumbs down to the UN report?! LOL! Indeed we live in a world full of foooools!
Just trolls ignore them. They will thumb you down and crawl back under their bridges. Or back into their caves
Finally some good news from India... New Delhi: Lok Sabha (Parliament - equivalent to the House of Commons) today passed the anti-rape Bill which provides for natural life term or even death for repeat offenders of rape and other stringent punishment for various offences like stalking, voyeurism and acid attacks. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill-2013, brought against the backdrop of the country-wide outrage over Delhi gangrape, also makes it clear that the age of consent for sex would be 18 years, which was a sticking point with political parties.
Boycott India till they do something, tourism will suffer badly.
Simple if it keeps making the headlines let's all jump on the bandwagon, isn't that what happens here in UK????? News 24/7 ???