After visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, a young Swiss couple were in Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday when they were stalked and harassed by four men.
One of the four attackers has been arrested.
Quentin Jeremy Clerc was brought to Delhi’s Apollo hospital when his condition worsened. A doctor has told the Times of India that he suffered a skull fracture and blood clot in the brain. A nerve in his ear has also been affected.
The couple said as they lay on the ground bloodied and bruised, bystanders began taking videos of them on their mobile phones.
Recounting the horror, Clerc said, “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. 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.“ Droz said she first tho ught the boys “won’t hit a woman“. She was wrong. “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.“
She refuted what she called “rumours“ and said they were not kissing, something one of the local cops hinted was the reason why the “crowd was instigated“.
Dr Rajendra Prasad, the neurosurgeon in Delhi who Clerc and Droz were brought to, said, “The boy had a skull fracture and blood clot in the brain. He was immediately admitted to the ICU. His hearing nerve on the right ear has been affected. The girl broke her left arm in the attack and was operated upon on Tuesday .“
Circle officer at Achnera (Agra district) Satyam Singh said that the foreigners “weren’t interested“ in filing any police complaint, but a non-cognisable report has been registered against four youths. By evening on Wednesday two of the attackers had been identified. No arrests have been made so far.