NEW DELHI, March 19 (Xinhua) -- A British woman Tuesday sustained serious injuries after she jumped out of a window from the second floor of a hotel in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh's tourist town of Agra to escape an alleged rape bid, a senior police official said.
"The woman is battling for her life at a local hospital where she was rushed to by some passersby who saw her taking the plunge. We have arrested the hotel owner after the woman tourist narrated her ordeal to us," he said, on condition of anonymity.
Agra is just 250 km from the Indian capital and is home to the iconic monument of Taj Mahal.
The latest incident of attempted sexual assault came just days after a Swiss woman was gangraped by seven men in front of her husband while the duo were touring on cycle the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh's Datia district. Five people have so far been arrested in the case, according to police.
Barely three months back, the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus by six men shocked India and sparked massive public outcry, compelling the government to consider stricter laws against sexual assaults on women.
The victim later died of her injuries at a Singapore hospital and four of the accused are on trial facing rape and murder charges which carry a maximum of death penalty. The main accused committed suicide inside his cell at a high-profile jail in the Indian capital while the sixth accused is being tried as a minor.