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Tourist leaps from hotel to flee rape in India

NEW DELHI — A British tourist jumped off a balcony of her hotel room to escape being sexually assaulted by the hotel owner in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, police said Tuesday.

The tourist fractured her leg when she jumped from the second floor.

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Subhash Chand Dubey, a police officer, told reporters that the owner knocked on her door at 4 a.m., offered her a massage, and refused to leave, even after she declined. The hotel owner then tried to enter her room, and the tourist jumped off the balcony to escape, Dubey said, adding that the hotel owner was arrested.

The incident comes three days after a Swiss woman was gang-raped when she was bicycling through central India with her husband.

In spite of the massive nationwide protest against the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi in December, the number of rape incidents continues to rise.

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