Two Indians were arrested for allegedly assaulting a teenage Taiwanese girl inside the lift of a five-star hotel in Beijing early on Friday.
The two Indians, who were a part of a group of tea traders travelling through Shanghai and Beijing, were arrested after the 17-year-old girl complained to hotel authorities about the incident on Thursday night.
Following her complaint, the two men aged 30 and 49, were picked up by the Jianguomen Police from the same hotel early on Friday morning.
The incident occurred at around 10pm on Thursday in the Beijing International Hotel in the Chinese capital’s central business district where the men and the girl and her parents were staying. The girl’s family was visiting her elder sister, a student at the prestigious Peking University.
According to the girl, the men entered the lift on the 10th floor while the girl was already inside it. First, the young man and then his older companion asked to take photographs with the girl. After clicking the photographs, the younger man forcefully kissed her and the older man then did the same.
As the elevator came down to the first floor, the girl tried to rush out but was pulled back by the older man. The duo then swiped the elevator card up to the 10th floor again and the older man assaulted her.
When the lift came down to the first floor again, the victim wriggled free and escaped.
During the preliminary interrogation, both suspects denied the incident, saying that the girl was making up the story.
But their defence crumbled when police showed them the footage from the elevator camera that corroborated the sequence of events narrated by the girl.
Subsequently, the two men confessed to their crime.
Source said the two men, who are both from Haryana, would be kept in detention till July 14 and then deported.
In May, a Chinese airline launched an investigation into an allegation made by a woman traveller that an Indian man sexually harassed her during an international flight. China Eastern issued an apology to the complainant, assuring her that the matter would be looked into.