Kolkata: In yet another major embarrassment over safety of foreign nationals in India, a 23-year-old South Korean woman was allegedly molested while boarding a bus in the city's Thakurpukur area on Monday morning.

The accused was arrested after the victim lodged a compliant at the Burrabazar police station, Deputy Commissioner of police (central) D P Singh said.

The accused was arrested under section 354 of the IPC (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and will be produced in court on Monday, he added.

The recent molestation of South Korean woman comes in the backdrop of growing concern over the safety of women including foreign tourists in India ever since the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi last December.

Are Foreign Women Safe In India?

February 01, 2013: A South Korean student holidaying in India was allegedly drugged and raped by the son of a hotel owner as she visited a tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

January 30, 2013: A 23-year-old Chinese woman was allegedly raped by a man whom she had met in a party.

November 05, 2012: A 27-year-old Spanish national with German parentage was allegedly raped and robbed of money and valuables by an intruder who entered her house through a window in her building in suburban Bandra in the wee hours.

April 5, 2012: A foreign national was found murdered in mysterious circumstances in a guesthouse in Paharganj area of Delhi.

January, 2011: A 25-year-old foreign national, a student at a Pune alleged a rape against her boyfriend after he refused to marry her.

June 25, 2010: Two dutch women tourists were allegedly raped several times in last five months by two men posing as tourist guides who also robbed them of their money.

April 16, 2010: A 25-year-old Japanese tourist was gang-raped by five persons at Amwan village near Bodh Gaya on April 16, 2010.

January 26, 2010: A nine-year-old Russian girl was raped by an unidentified man at Arambol beach in North Goa.

Monday’s incident has brought back the memories of a gang-rape of a Swiss woman in Madhya Pradesh on March 15 and a rape attempt on a British woman in an Agra hotel on March 19.

Such has been the impact of growing assault cases on foreign nationals that the 31-year-old British woman who jumped off a hotel balcony in Agra to escape the alleged sexual
Assault said that she will never travel alone again.

Jessica Davies, a dental hygienist from Greenwich, on Sunday spoke of her ordeal for the first time since her return to Britain after she cut-short her back-packing tour of Asia.

The attack on British woman came just six days after a 39-year-old Swiss tourist was gangraped in a forest in Madhya Pradesh while her husband was beaten up. The Swiss couple were on a cycling trip in India and their next destination was Agra.


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