Dutch woman alleges harassment by Jodhpur hotel owner

A woman tourist from the Netherlands was allegedly roughed up and threatened by her hotel owner following which he has been arrested, police said today.

Jodhpur: A woman tourist from the
Netherlands was allegedly roughed up and threatened by her
hotel owner following which he has been arrested, police said
today.

The 25-year-old tourist had on October 5 checked in to
Hotel Barsingh Villa at Baap village on Jaisalmer-Bikaner
highway.

She alleged in her police complaint that while she was in
her room on October 8, the hotel owner Narendra Singh Bhati,
in an inebriated state, knocked at her door at midnight
shouting to open it. She, however, did not open the door and
locked herself inside the bathroom.

The next morning, when she complained to the hotel
management about the incident, she was misbehaved with and
beaten by Singh, the complaint further alleged.

The woman said she managed to escape from there and
reached Jodhpur where she approached the police and registered
a complaint against the hotel owner last evening.

On her complaint, the hotel owner was arrested last
night. He was produced before the magistrate today who
remanded him in judicial custody, police said.

The police also got a medical examination of the tourist
done and said they had requested the court to get her
statement registered before the magistrate.

Meanwhile, police said the hotel had not got the
mandatory `C` form filled by the foreign tourist.

"Neither the management of Osian`s resort (where American
national Cindy Iannarelli was found murdered in August) nor
this hotel in Baap had completed this formality and informed
the police," a senior officer said.

In case of city hotels, the management is supposed to
inform the local police besides submitting the `C` form to the
CID duly filled by the foreign tourists.

In rural areas, the management is supposed to inform its
respective police station besides submitting the `C` form to
the DSP.

Superintendent of Police (Jodhpur Rural) G L Sharma said
"this is very serious that we do not get to know about the
movement of foreigners in hotels in our area."

The incident comes barely two months after 50-year-old
American national Cindy Iannarelli was found murdered with her
throat slit near a resort in Osian village in Jodhpur.

She was allegedly murdered by her teenager son Jon Carlo
Patton, whose trial is on in the Juvenile Justice Board.

-PTI

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