Swiss Couple Brutally Assaulted In Agra, Swaraj Seeks Report From UP Govt

| October 26 , 2017 , 15:19 IST

In a country where Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is like God) culture is prevalent, a couple from Laussane in Switzerland were brutally beaten up and attacked by stones and sticks by a group of youths in Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, resulting in a skull fracture, blood clot in the brain and a broken arm.

Quentin Jeremy Clerc, 24, and his 24-year-old girlfriend Marie Droz had arrived in India on September 30 and were walking near the railway station in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri when a group of youths began following them.

"They initially passed comments, which we didn't understand, and then forced us to stop so they could take selfies with Marie," Clerc said to media.

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"The boys wouldn't stop walking along despite our protests. All the while they kept taking pictures and trying to get close to Marie. From whatever little we could understand, they were asking our names and the place where we had put up in Agra," he continued.

"They were harassing us. They asked us to accompany them to some place, which we refused. A little after stones and sticks began to rain on me. When Marie intervened, she, too, wasn't spared," Clerc said.

Marie Droz revealed that initially she thought the youths "won't hit a woman" but their actions proved contrary.

"They hurled stones at both of us. I was hit on the back, shoulder and hand. I still cannot understand why they attacked us. They didn't take any of our valuables," said Droz.

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In the attack, Clerc suffered a fractured skull and a clot in his brain as well as hearing impairment due to a blow that landed on one of his ears. Marie Droz was left with a broken arm and multiple bruises.

Bystanders also expressed a lakh of empathy, as when the couple lay bloodied and bruised on the ground, the bystanders took videos of them on their mobile phones.

A local cop hinted that the crowd may have been instigated due to the Swiss couple kissing in public, however, Droz denied the claims and said that they had not been kissing.  

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report on the incident from the UP state government.

A FIR has been registered and 1 person has been arrested in the case.