Lucy Hemmings, 27, said Indian men and women had sent her countless messages after reading her blog post about the incident to say sorry.

"On behalf of my fellow countrymen I would like to apologise for what happened," one man wrote."It is truly disheartening to know that you have had such an experience while you were in my country... I pray that you will have a safer environment from now on," he added.

Another Indian well-wisher wrote that they felt "ashamed and sorry", while another said: "A bunch of people, out of a billion population, make the whole of India ashamed.

Hemmings wrote that although she respected Indian culture by covering herself completely in loose clothes and had followed safety advice about travel and conduct with strangers, it was not the first time something similar had happened.

The former Bournemouth University student said she had no idea of the impact her blog would have and hopes it will encourage other women to talk about their experiences of sexual harassment around the world.

"It could easily have provoked a really negative reaction but it's been absolutely wonderful and so humbling that people are writing to me to say they are sorry," she said.

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