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LONDON: The British woman tourist, who escaped being raped by jumping from her hotel balcony in Agra last week, told the British media on her return home that her attackers came with the intention of raping her.
Jessica Davies, 31, who returned here on Friday, said she was travelling in India alone for three weeks when she came to see the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Recalling her ordeal, she said the incident occurred at the Hotel Agra Mahal on the night of last Monday when two men, including the hotel manager and his accomplice, tried to force their way into her room.
Davies, who is a dental hygienist from Greenwich in South-East London, said she had stayed at the hotel for two nights when the incident happened.
She denied reports in the media that she had asked the hotel owner for a wake-up call at 3.45 am.“There have been reports that I asked the owner of the hotel for a wake-up call at 3.45am on the morning he came to my room, but that is untrue.
“He just turned up at my door, knocked and, when I opened it, was standing there holding two bottles of massage oil. He told me he wanted to give me a free massage and shower. He was drunk.
“I don’t know why he targeted me because I hadn’t had any other problems with him. Maybe it’s because I’m small and he knew I was in the room on my own.’’
Davies said she managed to push him back and lock the door from inside. When he continued to knocking on her door, she said she started crying and hitting her door so that other guests will wake up.
“I noticed the balcony door lock wasn’t secured.I fully believed they would eventually enter my room from the balcony and get inside with the intention of raping me.’’
She said when she found that nobody was coming to her help even as her ordeal continued for more than hour, she decided to escape by jumping from her second-floor balcony.
“I got dressed, tucked my passport into the waistband of my trousers and climbed over the balcony. I couldn’t make a call on my mobile to get help because it wasn’t working.
‘I didn’t take any of my other stuff, and I didn’t go back for it afterwards. I just wanted to escape,’’ she said.
Davies said she injured her leg when she jumped from her second-floor balcony to the first floor and then to the ground.
She said she waived an auto-rickshaw driver who helped her reach the local police station. “I really can’t thank that rickshaw driver enough. I really do think I’ve been very lucky. I only have superficial injuries to my leg but I am still shocked and feeling anxious about what happened. The Indian police said it could be six months to a year before the case goes to court but when it does, I’m going to be ready for it. I will go back if I have to in order to give evidence.’’
Warning women travelling in India, she said they needed to be aware of their personal safety.
“The way the men treat women and their attitude to sexual harassment and sexual assault is wrong. If they don’t think there is anything wrong with their attitudes and behaviour, this kind of thing will carry on.’’
She said she never travel alone now.
But the Agra hotel manager, Sachin Chauhan who is in police custody, has denied the charge.