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British Woman Jumped From Hotel Balcony In India After Hotel Manager Offered Massage, Police Say

19/03/2013 13:36 GMT | Updated 19/03/2013 13:40 GMT

A British woman who leapt from a hotel room window in India told police she was trying to escape from the manager.

The tourist told police she requested a 4am wake-up call but the manager who came to her door allegedly offered her a massage and refused to leave.

She fled by jumping from the balcony of the building in the northern city of Agra, close to the Taj Mahal, reportedly breaking both of her legs.

The hotel owner was later arrested.

The Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to the British national who injured her legs in the fall.

Senior superintendent Subhah Chandra Dubey told the BBC the hotel owner claimed to have knocked on the tourist's

door after staff failed to rouse her on the intercom.

Mr Dubey said the woman was moved to another hotel and allocated two female constables as security following her ordeal.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident involving a British national in Agra, India.

"We are in contact in with the local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the British national."

The FCO has given no further details on the woman's identity.

The episode comes days after a Swiss woman was gang raped while cycling through a neighbouring state with her husband.

The woman was attacked on Friday night when the couple stopped to camp in a forest in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, 200km south of Agra.

She told police she was raped by seven or eight men but was unable to specify the precise number because it was dark.

A group of six men, said to be farmers from nearby villages, appeared in court yesterday charged with gang rape.

The attack came three months after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus which sparked outrage across India and made headlines around the world.

British Government advice urges women to "exercise caution" in India, even when travelling as part of a group.