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'Harassed' British tourist jumps from Agra balcony

  • A British woman was injured in the early hours of Tuesday morning after jumping from a hotel balcony to escape from alleged harassment in Agra, India.

    The tourist, in her 30s, told police she had asked for a wake-up call at 4 am but instead the hotel owner knocked on her door offering her a massage.

    She added that he refused to leave, which forced her to lock the door and jump from her balcony to the floor below, injuring her leg.

    Police have since arrested the hotel owner.

    He remains in custody and will be charged with sexual harassment at a local magistrates' court later today.

    The hotel owner claims he went to wake the woman up because the hotel staff had tried ringing her but she did not respond.

    The incident in Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, comes nearly a week after an alleged gang rape of a Swiss tourist in central Madhya Pradesh state, which led to the arrest of six people.

    Earlier in the day, a bill containing tougher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, had been passed by India's lower house of parliament.

    The new law follows the outcry over the fatal gang rape on a female Delhi student last year.

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