UK tourist Sarah Groves stabbed to death in India

Sunday April 07, 2013
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Indian police move the body of a British woman murdered on Dal Lake

Indian police move the body of a British woman murdered on Dal Lake

A 24-year-old British woman holidaying in Indian Kashmir was found dead in a pool of blood on a houseboat Saturday and a Dutch man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, police said.

The 43-year-old Dutch national was taken into custody as he tried to flee the scenic Kashmir valley in the foothills of the Himalayas, said superintendent Tahir Sajjad.

"We walked into a pool of blood in her room," Sajjad said. "We found a sharp-edged knife close to her body. The young lady had multiple stab wounds."

The British tourist known as Sarah Groves from Guernsey and had been staying in a tourist houseboat on picturesque Dal Lake in the Indian Kashmir city of Srinagar for two months, police said.

Officers were investigating whether the victim had been sexually assaulted.

"The suspect has been taken into custody on suspicion of murder and we are questioning him," Sajjad said.

Police did not immediately disclose the identity of the woman or that of the Dutch national.

The alleged attacker, who was staying in the same houseboat as the victim, smashed the latch door to her room during the night.

Afterward, the suspect took a small boat to get to shore and then fled with just his passport, police said.

Officers captured him on a highway some 75 kilometers (45 miles) from Srinagar.

The woman's death is the latest in a string of attacks on tourists travelling in India.

Last month, a 39-year-old Swiss cyclist was allegedly gangraped and robbed by six men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Also last month, a British woman dental hygienist suffered leg injuries when she jumped from a hotel balcony in the northern tourist city of Agra, fearing a sexual assault by hotel employees.

The safety of women in India has been in the spotlight since the December fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in Delhi, which sparked nationwide outrage.



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