Union Minister KJ Alphons has offered hospitality at ITDC Hotel, The Ashoka, to the Swiss Couple Marie Droze and Quentin Jeremy Clerc, who are recovering at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.
In his letter to the Swiss couple, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for tourism said, “Trust you are recovering fast and would be on your way home soon. As a token of our concern, we would like to offer you a room at our luxury hotel, The Ashoka at Chankya Puri, New Delhi for two nights on the dates of your choice. All expenses at the hotel including food and beverages would be covered”.
On Saturday, Alphons had visited the injured Swiss couple at Apollo Hospital and also had a discussion with the hospital management, doctors regarding their treatment.
On 22 October, Quentin Jeremy Clerc and his girlfriend Marie Droz were attacked by a group of young men when they were strolling near the railway station at Fatehpur Sikri.
Clerc had alleged that a group of young men started following them and after passing comments, they forced the couple to stop so they could take selfies with Marie.
Five youths, including three minors, were detained by Uttar Pradesh police for allegedly physically assaulting a Swiss couple in Agra.
The attack on the Swiss couple was condemned across party lines with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking an immediate report from the Uttar Pradesh government into the alleged assault on the couple.
Incidents of violence against tourists are not new to the historical city, as a German woman was allegedly molested by a hotel manager at Agra in 2017 and two Japanese tourists were gang-raped in the city in 2007.
Attack on tourists in Uttar Pradesh can be seen as blow to India’s focus on promoting tourism in the country, as the historical city is already witnessing high-voltage political drama over the authenticity of Taj Mahal as a mausoleum, after Hindu religious groups alleged that the monument was initially a Lord Shiva temple.
(With agency inputs)