A British woman claims to have been sexually assaulted by a male masseur at a five-star hotel in northern India.
The 54-year-old went to a spa in the unnamed hotel in Chandigarh on December 20 when the accused, who is in his 20s, allegedly assaulted her during a massage.
She told police the accused, whose name has not yet been disclosed, touched her inappropriately and without her consent while she was having a massage.
Allegations: The British woman, 54, claims she was receiving a massage in a spa in an unnamed five-star hotel in Chandigarh, northern India, (pictured) when the man assaulted her
Police said the tourist had come to India on a tourist visa and had been staying at the hotel with her male partner for some time.
Police registered the case under rape charges as per India’s amended rape laws of 2013 but said the accused had absconded Chandigarh, which is a four hour drive from New Delhi.
They have now launched a manhunt to find the attacker.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Harjeet Kaur, said’ ‘We have booked the accused under rape charges as the woman alleged in her complaint that the accused touched her inappropriately and inserted his fingers into her vagina while giving her the massage.’
Police said the woman had complained to the hotel authorities the same day but lodged a formal complaint only after returning from trip to Shimla on December 27.
The woman was taken for a medical examination and her statement was recorded in front of a magistrate.
Police said they are examining CCTV footage and call records for any clues as to the man’s whereabouts.
Kaur added: ‘We haven’t arrested the accused yet as he has absconded.
‘We are investigating the case and very soon the accused will be arrested.’
The shocking incident happened on the same day as another British tourist was raped in the western Indian resort state of Goa.
The 48-year-old British tourist was raped in the same Goan town where just 19 months ago Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin was raped and murdered.