they were still in the process of communicating with the UK embassy.
A 54-year-old UK Indian woman has used a video conference trial to provide her statements in relation to an incident where she was allegedly raped while visiting India.
The Additional District and Sessions Court of Chandigarh had summoned the victim to get her statements recorded in order for the trial proceedings to get underway.
The case was registered on December 27, 2018. According to the woman, she was sexually assaulted on December 20, 2018, by a hotel staff member during a massage session while she was staying at a hotel in Chandigarh.
The woman had been on holiday in the city when she was attacked.
She identified her attacker as 24-year-old Farhanuzz Zama, a native of Uttar Pradesh.
The case was registered under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and the trial court has already charged the suspect under the offence.
Judge Poonam R Joshi had summoned the woman to give her statement through the Station House Officer of IT Park.
The court directed the investigating officer of the case and SHO of IT Park to make necessary arrangements for her to give her statements.
As a result, the woman, who is currently in the UK, gave her statements through a video conference trial.
During the previous hearing on May 30, 2019, the court had requested the necessary arrangements to be made for a hearing on July 22, 2019.
However, there was a delay as police officials appeared before the court and explained that they were still in the process of communicating with the UK embassy.
They admitted that the process would take time which eventually led to a video conference trial being conducted.
At the hearing, the woman explained the incident in detail, including identifying Zama as the accused.
She said that she was in Chandigarh on a tourist visa and was staying at a five-star hotel in the city.
The woman had booked a massage session where she was allegedly touched by Zama without her permission.
She then said the spa staff member sexually assaulted her.
After leaving the hotel, she was initially hesitant about going to the police but she later did so and a case was registered.
At the moment the trial is at the evidence stage. Meanwhile, the High Court granted bail to Farhanuzz Zama.
The next hearing in the case is set to take place on November 14, 2019.