Sexual assault bid: 3-star rating of Agra hotel suspended
Posted on: 11:40 PM IST Mar 19, 2013
New Delhi: Taking serious note of the attempt to molest a foreign tourist in Agra, Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi on Tuesday ordered suspension of the three-star rating of Hotel Agra Mahal, where the incident took place. The Tourism Ministry also issued a show cause notice to the hotel asking it why its licence should not be cancelled.
Expressing concern over the incident involving a British woman, Chiranjeevi took up the matter with Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and sought a proper system to ensure safety of tourists in the country.
Close on the heels of the gangrape of a Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh, the 25-year-old British tourist jumped off her hotel room in Agra to save herself from the alleged sexual assault bid and suffered a leg fracture.
While speaking to Shinde, he requested for putting in place a proper system to ensure the safety and security of all tourists especially women and children across the country. Fearing an adverse impact on the tourist flow into the country due to such incidents, Chiranjeevi started an exercise of contacting all chief ministers urging them to institute an adequate mechanism for safety of tourists in their respective states.