Martial Arts-Trained US Woman Fights Off Molester In Tamil Nadu, Leaves Him Bleeding
A US national who had come to India on a spiritual trip fought off a man who allegedly attempted to sexually assault her.
The incident happened in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu on Sunday.
The woman came to Tiruvannamalai in March and was planning to return after visiting Ramana Ashram.
However, she was stranded here due to the lockdown. She extended her visa and took a house on rent in the city.
On Sunday, when the woman was outside her house, the accused who was wearing saffron clothes approached her and pushed her inside her house and attempted to rape her.
The woman who was trained in martial arts managed to overpower the attacker who did not expect her to fight back.
She raised an alarm and with the help of some locals caught hold of the accused who was then handed over to the police.
?The man, identified as Manikandan - a native of Namakkal - was roaming around the temple town falsely claiming to be a saint "attempted to sexually assault" the woman, a senior police official said.
"We are questioning him, investigation is going on and nothing more could be divulged now," he said.
The accused who claims to have travelled across several spiritual centers across the country had come to Tiruvannamalai earlier this year and was living on handouts from pilgrims visiting the temple town.
Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu is dotted with several ashrams, and is popular for the ancient Sri Arunachaleswara temple and many spiritually-inclined people have made this town their home.