Three men have been arrested after a woman jumped from a two-storey house in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) to escape r*pe, police said. The woman attended a party at the house, where the three men allegedly attempted to r*pe her after spiking her drink, reports said.

She was rescued by neighbours after jumping, and is recovering from a head injury in hospital. Police told BBC Hindi that one of the men arrested was the woman’s boyfriend. The woman had not yet registered a complaint, police said. Indian media reported that the men had been charged with molestation and would be produced in courts later on Monday.

The issue of s*xual assault has been high on the agenda in India since a 23-year-old student was gang-defiled and murdered on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. The case prompted global outrage and a tightening of India’s laws on s*xual violence. But correspondents say tougher laws have failed to bring down the number of r*pe cases and a series of high-profile crimes have taken place since then.


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