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Brit tourist “Screamed for help for an hour” before escaping rapist at Agra hotel

A British tourist who was injured escaping an alleged sex attacker in Agra has said she screamed for help for an hour before being forced to get away.

The unnamed, 32-year-old from Greenwich, London, has told police she was set to leave Agra to Jaipur on Tuesday morning when the manager of the hotel she was staying in, had knocked on her door at 3.45 am offering “an oil massage and shower”.

The Daily Telegraph quoted from the woman’s police statement: “I refused (to open the door) and asked him to leave but he was insistent.  I had to push him out with the door, and then I bolted the door. He remained outside my door trying to get in with his keys until 5am. I was shouting at him to stop harassing me, I told him I wanted him to go.

“I was too scared to leave my room as he was waiting outside. I was kicking the door and shouting for help but no one came.”

At 5am, the woman, who is now under police guard, escaped from a second-floor balcony by jumping more than 15 feet to another balcony below, narrowly avoiding falling more than 30 feet to the ground.

“I ran into the road but no one would stop,” she said, until a trishaw driver eventually slowed for her.

“I begged him to take me to the tourist police station. A man approached him and tried to make him bring me back to the hotel. So I jumped out of the rickshaw and ran some more. The driver caught up with me and said he understood and took me to the police station.”

The hotel manager, Sachin Johan, and the hotel’s security guard were later arrested and could be jailed for seven years for sexual harassment if convicted.

Both men deny the charge.

Mr Johan told police he was simply knocking to wake the woman for her rickshaw ride to the train station.

The attack came days after a Swiss tourist was gang-raped in Central India and on the day the Indian parliament passed a new anti-rape law stipulating a minimum sentence of 20 years for convicted rapists.

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