British woman ‘raped by man offering massage on Goa beach’

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People walk along a beach in Goa (AFP via Getty Images)
People walk along a beach in Goa (AFP via Getty Images)

A British woman has reported being raped on a beach in India while on holiday with her partner, according to reports.

The woman was allegedly attacked after a man offered her a “mud bath” massage on a beach in Goa.

A man has since been arrested on suspicion of rape.

He is said to be part of a group that offers illegal massages near the popular tourist hotspot, according to local media.

She was with her male partner when the assault reportedly took place on Thursday, June 2.

The woman lodged a complaint with the police on Monday after consulting relatives in the UK and seeking assistance from the British Embassy in India.

A man was reportedly arrested within an hour of the complaint to police, according to Inspector Vikram Naik.

The alleged attacker also worked as a school librarian in the past, a senior official said.

"We have contacted the police station concerned to get his past records. Currently, he is not working as a librarian," the official said.

The accused and the survivor were sent for a medical examination at a nearby hospital on Monday.

He is set to appear before a local court next Monday.

An FCDO Spokesperson told media: “We are providing consular support to a British National in Goa.”

The Standard has approached the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for further comment.

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