Woman jumps off moving train to escape rapist

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By: Anika Rao 

A woman was left with no choice but to jump off a moving train in order to escape from a rapist on board, according to police reports in India.

The woman was left with severe injuries after she jumped from the moving train to escape an attempted rape by an army official in the city of Bihar, on Thursday afternoon. Police said the assault occurred on the New Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail train near Ara, 50 kilometers from Patna.

The 30-year-old woman from Darjeeling, had boarded the train at New Jalpaiguri, and was going to New Delhi. The army official who was identified by police as Rakesh Kumar, was captured by co-passengers A D Upadhyaya, and Assam Rifles Jawa, and given over to police in Buxar, 60 kilometers from Ara.

An eyewitness said that the woman suffered head and leg injuries. She was admitted to a hospital in Ara, the district headquarters of Bhojpur. Her condition was listed as stable, according to hospital officials.

A source familiar with the woman said that she is a mother to 13-year-old twins and was traveling alone on the train. She told police that her attacker tried to violate her when she had gone to the bathroom after the train left the station in Ara.

She fought hard to free herself from the man’s grip and jumped off the train while it was moving near Ara.